EREDIVISIE: SC Cambuur 3-0 FC Groningen





Cambuur cruise to a 3-0 win with commanding performance that could have been even better had they not been so wasteful in the final third. The result brings Groningen back down to earth after their recent victory against the Dutch Champions, Ajax writes Ryan OGrady.

Fifth played sixth in this meeting of two in-form sides. Cambuur had yet to lose in the Eredivisie sitting on 8 points whilst Groningen were sitting one place higher in 5th having won 3 games, including a famous victory last week against Ajax, and one defeat to Ado Den Haag. The away side were unchanged from their victory against the Dutch Champions with former Ajax player Danny Hoesen starting up front in a 4-3-3 formation. Despite winning 3-2 against Ado Den Haag before the international break, Henk de Jong decided to replace two of his front three with Dejan Meleg and Michiel Hemmen being replaced by Daniel de Ridder and Martijn Barto.

Cambuur were clearly the better team in both halves, they dominated possession with 62% for the whole game and had 4 shots on target compared to Groningen’s one. The home side also had the first decent chance when Bartholomew Ogbeche made a decent run before passing the ball to Albert Rusnák who ran into the box and released a shot straight at the keeper. Groningen best chance for a goal came not long after in the 5th minute when the ball came to Tjaronn Chery and he span and hit the ball first time but it was just wide. Cambuur then came back in the 12th minute when a cross from just outside the box found Ogbeche at the back post but his header was straight at the keeper. Although Cambuur were dominating they were extremely wasteful in the final third and as a result there were no clear cut chances for the rest of the first half.

The second half was much more entertaining for the fans as only 40 seconds in Cambuur had a penalty appeal, Ogbeche received the ball inside the box but his touched bounced up and hit Maikel Kieftenbeld in the arm but the referee deemed it not worthy of a penalty despite protestations from the Cambuur players. Cambuur midfielder Mohamed El Makrini then suffered a nasty looking injury in the 48th minute when he challenged Jarchinio Antonia for the ball, Antonia got there first and attempted to hurdle the oncoming El Makrini but he accidentally landed on El Makrini’s face but the Cambuur midfielder was able to carry on.

Only three minutes later Cambuur scored, it again was a result of a sloppy ball in the final third as the ball was meant for Erik Bakker but it was behind him allowing Rusnák to follow up and score with a lovely finish into the bottom corner to put Cambuur 1-0 up. Rusnák had another chance two minutes later to double his tally from a tight angle but he hit the side netting when he probably should’ve played the ball across the six-yard box. This was followed by a flurry of yellow cards when Rusnák was fouled twice in quick succession causing a commotion which resulted in the booking of four Groningen players in two minutes. One player to be booked was Rasmus Lindgren and he was sent off in the 61st minute after picking up a second yellow for tripping Daniel de Ridder who was en-route to goal.

In the 73rd minute Cambuur doubled their lead after Groningen captain Kieftenbeld lost the ball about 30 yards from goal to Etiënne Reijnen who passed to Ogbeche on the edge of the box and he unleashed a curled effort into the top left corner leaving keeper Sergio Padt with no chance. Groningen manager Erwin van de Looi won’t be happy with Eric Botteghin because when Ogbeche received the ball he kept backing off allowing him the space and time to get his shot away.

Botteghin somewhat made up for his mistake six minutes later when substitute Furdjel Narsingh cut inside the box from the right wing before shooting past the keeper only for Botteghin to clear it. This only prolonged the wait for a third goal by two minutes when El Makrini ran down the right wing before crossing in for an unmarked substitute Sander van de Streek who finished well with a fine header. The substitute then had a chance to double his tally in the 91st minute when he hit the post with a sliding effort following another decent cross from the right hand side.


CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Reijnen, Andriuškevičius, Pereira, Bijker, Rusnák (Narsingh 67), De Ridder (Van de Streek 75), Ogbeche, Barto (Meleg 84).

SUBS NOT USED: Zeinstra, Mac-Intosch, Schet, Meleg, Dijkstra.

GOALS: Rusnák 51, Ogbeche 73, Van de Streek 80.

BOOKINGS: Andriuškevičius 78.

GRONINGEN: Padt, Botteghin, Kappelhof, Lindgren, Van der Velden (De Leeuw 46), Hiariej, Chery, Kieftenbeld, van Nieff, Hoesen, Antonia.

SUBS NOT USED: Van der Vlag, Islamovic, Hagenauw, Saban, Hateboer, Baas.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Hiariej 56, Kieftenbeld 56, Lindgren 57, Antonia 57.

SENT OFF: Lindgren 62.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Etiënne Reijnen (SC Cambuur)


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