FC Utrecht has Thursday against FC Groningen assured of participation in the play-offs for European football. The Domstedelingen were in the private Galgenwaard be stuck at a 1-1 tie.
William Janssen was already after eight minutes with the opening goal inside and Utrecht was given then enough chances for the score to extend, but Groningen came twenty minutes before time, at the same height by a finish penalty from Tom van Weert.
Utrecht continued for the fifth match in a row without victory, but the obtained point to be sure of a place among the first eight teams in the rankings. Number nine ADO Den Haag has seven points less and the Domstedelingen, which is currently the fifth place, no more trace.
The numbers five through eight may to the end of the season compete in the play-offs, in which the four teams compete for a spot in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
Groningen is the draw in Utrecht, certainly of self-preservation in the Eredivisie. The team of trainer Ernest Faber occupied with still two rounds to go to the twelfth place with a lead of seven points at number sixteen Roda JC.