NICK LEYDEN - Sunday, April 17, 2011
Charles Kazlauskas played the full 90 at right back in Helmond Sport's playoff-clinching victory over MVV while Oguchi Onyewu watched from the bench as Twente drew against De Graafschap.
Helmond Sport 1-0 MVV Maastricht
With numerous players unavailable on Friday night, Jurgen Streppel named Charles Kazlauskas to the starting lineup for the first time since late February.
The Wisconsin native worked the full game at right back, doing his part to earn a shutout, but also pushing forward on occasion and whipping in one particularly dangerous cross for Mark Veldmate early in the second half.
Helmond Sport's usually high powered offense was clearly out of synch in the Lavans Stadion though, and it was MVV who created more scoring chances.
Luckily for the hosts MVV's Nigerian striker Tosin Dosunmu wasted a number of opportunities, while Deniz Aslan took advantage of his only chance in the 75th minute to put Helmond Sport up a goal.
The victory put the third place team on 55 points which guarantees their place in the promotion playoffs with three games remaining.
Next weekend they will visit the Eerste Divisie's last place team, Almere City.
Michel Preud'homme left Oguchi Onyewu on the bench for Twente's disappointing 1-1 tie with De Graafschap. Denny Landzaat had given Twente a 72nd minute lead, but an 89th minute equalizer by Rogier Meijer meant the defending champs would only share the points. Twente are now tied with PSV at 65 points, though the Eindhoven team holds a significant advantage on goal difference.