SportsRoda's promotion hopes dashed in last-minute drama

Roda's promotion hopes dashed in last-minute drama

In the photo: fans of Roda JC Kerkrade
In the photo: fans of Roda JC Kerkrade
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6:48 AM EDT, May 5, 2024

Roda JC Kerkrade is tantalizingly close to making a triumphant return to the Eredivisie, almost securing their promotion before the final round of the second division. Fans swarmed the field in early celebration following a 2:0 win over SC Cambuur. But, in a dramatic twist during another match, a last-minute goal crushed their hopes.

The battle for promotion to the second tier of Dutch football is intensely competitive. Willem II has already secured its spot for next season, but who will join them remains to be seen.

Just when the promotion question appeared to be resolved with one round to spare, Roda JC Kerkrade's 2:0 victory over SC Cambuur sparked premature celebrations among fans. Yet, their joy was short-lived.

In a concurrent quest for promotion, FC Groningen found the net in added time against Telstar, keeping alive their hopes of surpassing Roda. This pivotal goal means both teams head into the final round with the possibility of securing second place.

The climax will unfold in the last round, featuring a direct showdown between the two contenders. FC Groningen faces a must-win situation against Roda to ascend to the Eredivisie. Any other outcome will see Roda clinch promotion.

Thereby, FC Groningen halted Roda's premature festivities. However, the next match offers a new opportunity for Roda's fans to celebrate without interruption should their team prevail.

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