NAC Breda missed out on a place in the UEFA Cup play-offs after a 2-1 loss at FC Twente, who are already in the four-way fight for a Champions League place.

Results had to go the visitors' way for them to have finished ninth - which did not happen - so defeat was ultimately meaningless, even if they now have an Intertoto place to vie for.

Goals in either half from Kennedy Bakircioglu and Blaise N`Kufo had put Fred Rutten`s side into a winning position, and a late spot-kick from Arne Slot was no more than a consolation.

A hot day for football, and a game short of meaning with Twente confirmed in fourth before kick-off, meant that the play was laboured thoughout.

But that did not stop N`Kufo from trying to arrest the torpor and it was the Swiss player who had the first chance, dribbling and then shooting off target from the edge of the area.

With thirteen minutes gone, Twente took the lead when Sharbel Touma picked out N`Kufo in the middle. His flick found Bakircioglu to slide home from eight yards out.

The game continued to meander and the half was notable for just two further chances.

NAC goalkeeper Edwin Zoetebier saved both, first after another N`Kufo run and shot and the other from a Bakircioglu free-kick.

Twente started the second period in the same vein when N`Kufo nodded a free-kick from Luke Wilkshire marginally wide.

NAC had their first chance with 75 minutes on the clock, Maceo Rigters` cross not converted by a leaping Glen Salmon, before Twente doubled their advantage a minute later.

Ismael Aissati played in N`Kufo just outside the area and one turn and deft chip over Zoetebier later and the game was as good as won.

But NAC were awarded an 80th-minute penalty when Karim El Ahmadi handled in the area and Slot converted to falsely raise hopes of a different outcome.