FC Groningen booked their third victory of the season on Sunday. Without Arjen Robben, the ‘Pride of the North’ in Limburg was 1-3 too strong for Fortuna Sittard.
At half time it was 0-2. Both goals were scored by Jørgen Strand Larsen. The twenty-year-old Norwegian striker, recruited in September, made his first hits in Groningen service.
In the second half Fortuna bit more away and that resulted in a penalty within ten minutes, which was used by Mats Seuntjens. With a striking free kick, Bart van Hintum made the decision on behalf of Groningen in the final phase.
On the morning before the game it was announced that Robben would miss the game in Sittard. The 36-year-old attacker has some minor physical complaints and did not want to take any risks.
After six Eredivisie rounds of play, FC Groningen is in the subtop. The team of trainer Danny Buijs has ten points. Fortuna is still waiting for the first victory and is second to last.
Later on Sunday, four Eredivisie matches will be played: Vitesse-PSV, Sparta Rotterdam-Heracles Almelo (both at 2.30 p.m.), RKC Waalwijk-Feyenoord (4.45 p.m.) and ADO Den Haag-AZ (8 p.m.).
View the results, the stand and the program in the Eredivisie