Stalemate for champions FC Twente

Twente created more chances but Roda had the better ones with a

Mads Junker header coming back off the bar and Laurent Delorge

forcing a fine save from Nikolay Mihaylov. Twente, who lost

title-winning boss Steve McClaren to Wolfsburg earlier this summer,

replacing him with Michel Preud’homme, carved out the first opening

in the 12th minute. Theo Janssen set up Cheick Tiote to get a shot

away, but Vincent Lachambre got an in important block to snuff out

the danger. Willem Janssen then fired wide for the hosts before

Theo Janssen’s left-wing cross picked out Peter Wisgerhof unmarked

at the back post, but he could not direct his header on target. And

Roda were indebted to goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton for keeping them

on level terms a minute before the break when he superbly parried

Dwight Tiendalli’s shot from the right side of the area, Pa-Modou

Kah completing the clearance. It was Twente who rode their luck in

the 56th minute, though, as Delorge crossed from the right and

Junker’s header smacked against the bar. At the other end Bryan

Ruiz, Twente’s top scorer last term, found space in the area to get

a shot away only to be denied by another timely block from

Lachambre. Tyton then caught a Luuk de Jong header before his

opposite number Mihaylov ensured his side would leave with a point

with a brilliant save nine minutes from time. Delorge’s shot from

the left of the area was heading for the top corner before Mihaylov

clawed it out and denied Roda a winner.