Teenage striker Leandro Bacuna gave FC Groningen hope of nudging into the UEFA Europa League by the back door after a potentially crucial second-half strike in a 3-2 defeat at Heracles.
But Bacuna's 56th-minute effort will give Groningen hope of overturning the first-leg deficit in the return fixture on Sunday (Monday AEST) and progressing into the final where a qualifying place will be at stake.
Heracles finished three places and eight places behind Groningen in the table but it stormed into a 2-0 lead inside the first quarter-hour with goals from
Bacuna hit back almost immediately for Groningen, which had Maikel Kieftenbeld sent off late on.
In the second semi-final ADO Den Haag claimed a 4-2 first leg win over Roda JC after a lightning start which saw
Morten Skuobo's opener for Roda on 27 minutes was cancelled out by
In the promotion and relegation play-offs, former Leicester and Hearts striker
VVV-Venlo, battling to avoid relegation after finishing second bottom of the Eredivisie table, won 2-1 in its first leg at Volendam.
Two goals in the last seven minutes from substitute
The winners of the two-legged ties between Excelsior and Den Bosch, and