KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Matt Miazga and Vitesse earned a big derby win over NEC in the Netherlands while leagues in Sweden and Norway opened their summer seasons.
Two goals from Ricky van Wolfswinkel helped Vitesse to a 2-1 win over NEC Nijmegen in the Gelderse derby.
Matt Miazga started for Vitesse and played the entire game.
After a scoreless first half, Vitesse would finally crack the game open with a goal in the 51st minute of play as van Wolfswinkel headed in a free kick from teammate Lewis Baker.
Ferdi Kadioglu would enter the game for NEC and score the equalizer in the 66th minute as he curled in his shot to the top corner of the net.
The pressed for a second goal and were rewarded five minutes from time when the referee blew his whistle to call a penalty. Van Wolfswinkel stepped up confidently and converted from the spot to give his team the win.
Vitesse have now moved up to fifth place in the standings with 42 points.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, both Gedion Zelalem and Shane O'Neill came of the bench for their respective teams as NAC Breda gave a 4-0 thumping to leaders VVV Venlo.
Emerson Hyndman and Rangers had a frustrating weekend as they could only muster a 1-1 tie against Motherwell. The Light Blues sit in third place with 51 points.
Perry Kitchen and Bjorn Johnsen started for Hearts in their 5-0 hammering by SPL champions Celtic. The Edinburgh-based team have had it rough since appointing Ian Cathro as coach. They were as high as third place in the standings, but have since dropped to fifth.
Steve Clark and Conor O'Brien started as Horsens played out a 0-0 tie with OB as the relegation rounds in the Danish Superliga got underway.
Rubio Rubin watched from the bench as Silkeborg settled for the 0-0 tie with Aalborg.
Caleb Stanko started for Vaduz in their 3-2 loss to Young Boys. The team sit at the bottom of the Swiss Super League standings with 22 points.
The Allsvenskan season started over the weekend with a number of Americans starting for their respective teams.
Mix Diskerud was in the starting lineup for IFK Göteborg in their 1-1 tie with Malmö.
Josh Wicks started in goal for his new team Sirius as they earned a 2-0 win over Djurgården.
Brendan Hines-Ike started for Örebro in their 2-1 win over Jönköpings Södra.
Romain Gall came off the bench in GIF Sundsvall's 3-1 win over Eskilstuna City.
In the Superettan, Alex De John started for his new team Dalkurd FF in their 0-0 tie with Brommapojkarna.
Alex Horwath watched from the bench as Brann opened their Eliteserian campaign with a 1-1 tie with Tromso.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench as Tours secured a comfortable 3-1 win over Red Star in Ligue 2.
Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu started for Châteauroux in their 2-1 loss to Beziers in the Championnat.