WILLEM EARN GOALLESS DRAW
Willem II edged towards an immediate return to the Eredivisie with a battling goalless draw at FC Den Bosch in the first leg of their relegation play-off.
The winner of the two-legged play-off will compete alongside the elite next season and Willem will be the happier of the two sides ahead of Sunday's return on home soil.
The weekend clash is likely to be a more open affair with both teams erring on the side of caution at the Stadion De Vliert.
Den Bosch's Kevin Begois was the busier of the two goalkeepers with the hosts offering little going forward.
Danny Holla scored a late winner as VVV-Venlo took charge of their Eredivisie play-off against Helmond Sport with a narrow 2-1 victory in the first leg.
VVV, looking to retain their place in the top flight against a Helmond side hoping to earn promotion, went behind when Youssef Koubali broke the deadlock in the 57th minute.
Ismo Vorstermans levelled things with his 73rd-minute effort, paving the way for Holla to snatch the win three minutes from time.
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