Twente Win Back-to-Back Eredivise Titles


FC Twente are celebrating back-to-back Eredivisie titles for the first time in their fifty-year history after a dramatic penultimate day of the Dutch top flight.

With two matches to play, Twente went into their fixture against bottom-club Sparta Rotterdam a point ahead of Ajax who were hosting fifth-place Vitesse Arnhem.

Twente were two-up after 26 minutes with league top-scorer Yannick N’Djeng scoring a two-minute brace, but Sparta – fighting for their lives – had drawn themselves level with ten minutes of the first-half remaining. Over in Amsterdam, Vitesse had gone in front inside the opening minute through Nir Biton, but Ajax levelled with a Hosny strike on the half-hour.

Nicklas Helenius slotted home from close range to restore Twente’s lead on the the stroke of half-time, which would leave them three points clear of Ajax going into the final round of league games on 03 May. That’s how it stayed in Rotterdam, and with victories elsewhere for Roda and Den Bosch, the hosts were relegated with a game to play.

There was still time for one final twist in Amsterdam. With the clock ticking onto ninety minutes, Ronny arrived late at the far post to smash home a winner for Vitesse, a goal that sent the title Twente’s way.

Twente won the Dutch Supercup back in July, and have the opportunity to complete the domestic treble as they play VVV-Venlo in the KNVB Beker Final on Sunday.

VVV will be under the guidance of new manager Ronny Van Geneugden for the first time as the 46 year-old confirmed his departure from Belgian Pro League side OH Leuven after he secured their safety at the weekend.