Emmen already got 2-5 knock from SC Cambuur on Friday and showed no improvement against Groningen. To make matters worse, tastemaker Nikolai Laursen dropped out after half an hour with a hamstring injury. He was still a bright spot against the Leeuwarders with his two goals. Without the Dane, the home team quickly got the 0-1 after a volley by Ajdin Hrustic.
Due to an error by Amir Absalem, Glenn Bijl still signed for the tying run, but in the second half Groningen was one class better. The 1-2 fell because talent Remco Balk kept an overview and discarded Abdi El Kharbachi. Without the presence of Arjen Robben, the youngsters drew attention in Buijs’s team. Balk also laid wide to El Kharbachi in the 1-3, but Behadil Šabani shot the ball into his own goal.
The final chord was still for El Kharbachi, who scored 1-4. With that, Groningen, where Damil Dankerlui made his debut, won convincingly from Emmen, where coach Dick Lukkien has the necessary homework to do.