Twente Win Back-to-Back Eredivise Titles

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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.

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Tuesday European News: Bye Bye Boavista

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Following defeat at Paços Ferreira in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last night, Boavista have become the first side across the leading European top flights to be relegated this season, dropping back to Secunda Liga at the first time of asking.

The loss was their 19th in 25 league matches this season, with their six points all coming from draws leaving the side with just five matches left to avoid a winless campaign.

The club has won just three competitive matches all season, with two in the national cup, and the other in the league cup before being knocked-out of both competitions in the last sixteen.

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Tonight’s two UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final ties ended goalless with Milan shutting out Barcelona in the San Siro, and Fenerbahçe holding on to escape White Hart Lane with a draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

Spanish left-back Dídac has become the recipient of the fastest red card in the competition’s history, being dismissed just 31 seconds into Milan’s match with Barcelona. He swung an elbow at Alexis Sanchez and was sent-off for violent conduct by German referee Günter Perl. Unsurprisingly, Barça went on to control the match but couldn’t find an away goal.

In London, Tottenham dominated their Turkish opponents with 21 shots (eight on target) to Fenerbahçe’s two (neither of which were on target), and enjoyed 60% possession but were unable to beat captain Volkan Demirel in goal.

Tomorrow, Benfica host Chelsea, and Manchester United welcome Juventus.

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Feyenoord have announced that Erik ten Hag has been appointed as their new manager following the departure of Javier Clemente to Lazio last month. Ten Hag leaves a VVV-Venlo side that are level on points with 10th-place Feyenoord in the Dutch top flight.

OH Leuven manager Ronny Van Geneugden has ruffled feathers in Heverlee by publicly admitting he’d be tempted if Venlo came knocking for his services.