ADO Den Haag overtook FC Twente in the Eredivisie standings courtesy of their 2-1 victory at the Kyocera Stadion on Friday night.
The hosts got off to a flying start when Thomas Kristensen opened the scoring after just two minutes on the clock and a penalty from Timothy Derijck early in the second half secured the win.
Rene Hake’s side halved the deficit through Hakim Ziyech 10 minutes from time, but it was not enough to prevent them from suffering a first league defeat in six matches, having won their last five in a row.
The Hague outfit halted a two-game losing streak to move up to 11th position, two points clear of the 13th-placed Tukkers.
Henk Fraser’s men made the perfect start in front of their own fans as Kristensen got on the end of Aaron Meijers’ left-wing cross to break the deadlock just two minutes after kick-off.
Only the frame of the goal denied them a second moments later when Ludcinio Marengo saw his rasping effort come crashing back off the crossbar.
The woodwork came to the visitors’ rescue on two further occasions in the first half, Tom Beugelsdijk and Kristensen seeing their respective shots hit the post.
But Den Haag would finally grab a second goal, which came via the penalty spot on 52 minutes after Bruno Uvini handled inside the area, and Derijck made no mistake from 12 yards out.
The visitors looked for a response and Zakaria El Azzouzi forced home keeper Martin Hansen into a fine save with his header, while Hidde ter Avest and Jerson Cabral also went close.
They did manage to get on the scoresheet with time running out as Ziyech beat Hansen with a sweetly-struck shot on 80 minutes to set up a nervy finish for the hosts.