posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 02:29 PM
Vitesse Arnhem failed in their bid to move into the Eredivisie's top four on Friday night after being held to a goalless draw at FC Groningen.
Vitesse remain in fifth, a point behind Feyenoord, but have now played a game more than the rest of the European hopefuls. The home side, who are in
mid-table, enjoyed long spells of possession but Vitesse came closest to scoring when Matthew Amoah's 55th-minute effort was disallowed for
Sander van Gessel had the first chance for Groningen but his 15th-minute shot from 10 yards flashed over the bar. Vitesse gradually began to play
their way into the match after a slow start and they were almost rewarded 10 minutes before the break only for Danny Buijs to clear Purrel Frankel's
shot off the line.
Both keepers had done little in the opening 45 minutes but Vitesse's Harald Wapenaar was called on to make two saves as half-time approached. First,
he blocked Stefano Seedorf's effort and then prevented Erik Nevland from giving Groningen the lead.
Former Manchester United striker Nevland also came close after the restart when he headed Buijs' cross over the bar. Amoah's close-range shot was then
ruled out although it did give Vitesse renewed impetus.
Richard Knopper had the chance to make home keeper Bas Roorda make a save three minutes later but he fired a 20-yard free-kick straight into the wall.
The visitors had the better of the closing stages but Groningen did have the last chance to claim victory when Paul Matthijs lashed a free-kick over