Sparta Rotterdam and NEC have kept each other in balance. At Het Kasteel in Rotterdam, the Eredivisie game from the fifth round ended in 1-1. As a result, the club from Nijmegen rises to third place in the ranking with eight points from five matches. Sparta, which remained unbeaten in a home game for the eighth time in a row, has 5 points.
Jonathan Okita opened the score for the visitors of coach Rogier Meijer. Just before half time, Sven Mijnans scored the equalizer. In the second half, both teams had few chances.