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Eredivisie Wrap: Twente, Utrecht advance

Edson Braafheid scored at both ends as Twente came from behind to beat Groningen 4-2 in the Eredivsie Europa League play-off semi-final.

Twente came into the second leg with a 1-0 aggregate lead, and their European bid looked all the more likely when Braafheid gave them a 12th-minute lead.

Braafheid was on the scoresheet again just ten minutes, only this time putting the ball past his own keeper and handing the visitors a way back in the tie.

And it soon got worse for Twente when Slovenian winger Andraz Kirm popped up to give Groningen the lead.

The game remained level as the closing stages approached but Felipe Gutierrez, who scored the only goal of the first leg, struck again late on to give the hosts an aggregate lead with just seven minutes to go.

Twente then made sure of the victory when Nacer Chaldi found the net in the first minute of stoppage time.

The Enschede outfit will meet Utrecht in the final, after they secured a 3-1 aggregate win over Heerenveen.

Jens Toornstra struck in both the first and the last ten minutes to confirm Utrecht’s place in the final for the first time since 2010.

German Mark Uth came off the bench to bag a late consolation a minute from time, but it was not enough to prevent Heerenveen slipping to their fourth consecutive loss to Jan Wouters’ side.

Sun 19 May, 2013
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