In a strange way, Helmond Sport lost their unbeaten status in De Braak. Bob Peters’ side played brutally against FC Groningen on Friday, fighting back against the title favorites, but taking a 1-2 lead in stoppage time. While the home team had another man on the field.
As with the past two home games, this one was also halted at home. This time after FC Groningen supporters threw plastic cups onto the pitch: beer of joy after Tom van Bergen’s 0-1 win in the 71st minute. The match also started in the top flight seventeen minutes later. Kick-off was postponed due to the delay of the FC Groningen fan bus.
Lukas Vankerkhoven and Arno van Kelijum were regulars at Helmond Sport. Midfielder Vankerkhoven played in place of Michael Chacon, and winger Van Kilijum was preferred over Mohamed Mallahi. With the change of lineup, the home team was under complete pressure in the opening phase. This was mainly due to the opponent, who started strongly and got the first opportunity through Kevin van Veen.
Helmond Sport weathered the Groningen storm, going into the game and boldly taking the lead after half an hour. Van Kilegum kicked the ball freely on the edge of the 16th minute and striker Martin Karse took the ball full and shot wide: a first-half lead was certainly possible. Although it should not be mentioned that Van Veen killed another great chance after Vankerkhoven lost the ball and Fleur van den Eijnden prevented Vovin Turay from making it 0-1 with a block.
After the break, the game went back and forth. To be clear, the two chances converged after fifteen minutes. On the one hand, Joseph Amuzu’s attempt was cleared off the goal line, and on the other hand, goalkeeper Wouter van der Steen prevented striker Van Veen from scoring. In the 71st minute, he scored through substitute Van Bergen.
After a cooldown of about fifteen minutes, Helmond Sport launched a final attack. With strikers Haakon Lorentzen, Alvaro Marin and Peter van Oijen in the team. This produced the desired effect in the final phase: Marin headed a header against the post, then Lorenzen fell to the ground, Marco Rinetti was shown a red card, and a penalty kick for Helmond Sport. Karras scored flawlessly: 1-1.
While everyone had already agreed to a draw, FC Groningen managed to make it 1-2. Now also from the corner. Liam van Gelderen shot the ball from close range. Referee Hensgens then immediately blew his whistle.
End of the second half
Goal 1-2 by Liam van Gelderen!
Yellow card for Liam van Gelderen
Luciano Valente is replaced by Liam van Gelderen
1-1 goal (penalty kick) by Martin Kars!
Red card for Marco Renti
Giannis Botos is replaced by Peter van Oijen
Arno van Keljom is replaced by Alvaro Marin
Yellow card for Isaac Mata
Enrique Oosterck is replaced by Haakon Lorentzen
In a statement, Helmond Sport urged fans not to throw objects, including Joy beer. FC Groningen fans may have ignored this message.
Groningen fans throw plastic cups on the field after substitute Tom van Bergen’s goal (0-1). The referee had no choice but to stop the match. This is not the first time this season in De Braak: therefore the third consecutive home match is suspended. At the beginning of this month against Cambuur (2-1), last week against Top Os (1-1) and now against FC Groningen.
0-1 Tom van Bergen goal!
Out of nowhere, Helmond Sport is in the back. A corner kick from the left side was headed into the net by substitute Tom van Bergen from close range.
Jose Amuzu is replaced by Mohamed Mallahi
Radinho Balker is replaced by Thegmen Blokzigel
Paulus Abraham is replaced by Tom van Bergen
This opportunity for Van Veen is greater. But goalkeeper Van der Steen saved with his feet after a cross from the left side. Great match in Helmond.
Yellow card for player Joeri Sherwin
Yellow card for Johan Hof
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