Willem II claim upper hand
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Willem II defeated Zwolle 4-2 in one of four promotion/relegation play-off games.
Willem II have taken a major step to securing their place in De Eredivisie next season after a 4-2 first-leg win at second division side Zwolle.
In one of four post-season promotion-relegation clashes on Friday evening, the Tilburg club took an early lead through Anour Hadouir (9).
Their Gouden Gids Divisie hosts then turned the match on its head with two goals from Santi Kolk (26) and Dion Esajas (45).
Iwan Redan made it 2-2 on 65 minutes before claiming the winner on 87 minutes and Arvid Smit scored Willem II's fourth in injury time before the end.
NAC Breda will also feel confident of getting through their tie after a goalless draw at TOP Oss.
A second-half strike from Charles Dissels (54) gave Volendam a 1-0 win away to fellow Gouden Gids Divisie side Helmond Sport.
De Graafschap came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 home draw with VVV-Venlo.
Luwamo Garcia (12) gave VVV and early lead before De Graafschap levelled the tie through Donny de Groot (53).
VVV finished the match with ten men after Dirk Jan Derksen was given a second yellow card on 55 minutes.
The second legs of these ties will take next Monday evening.