10-man Utrecht beat PEC Zwolle

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Despite having a man sent off in the second half, Utrecht recorded their first Eredivisie win of the season, beating Zwolle 2-0.

Having lost badly in their opening game against PSV, Utrecht needed an instant reaction and manager Jean-Paul de Jong got it.

Utrecht thought they had opened the scoring through Sander van de Streek, but after discussions with the VAR the goal was disallowed.

However less than five minutes later, Joris van Overeem gave Utrecht the lead and Sean Klaiber added a second just before half time with a neat strike into the bottom corner.

PEC Zwolle didn’t have much to offer in the early stages of the second half until the VAR intervened again as Van Overeem was booked for a late challenge but then after discussion saw this upgraded to a red card.

But apart from a van den Berg shot which forced Martin Paes into a save, PEC Zwolle could not beat a solid Utrecht back line and Utrecht held on for their first three points of the season.


41 M. Paes

17 S. Klaiber

(90′: M. van der Maarel)

13 E. Bergström

14 W. Janssen

5 L. Guwara

28 U. Emanuelson

8 J. van Overeem

24 N. Gavory

10 S. Gustafson

(71′: T. Letschert)

22 S. van de Streek

7 G. Kerk

(84′: C. Dessers)

Utrecht currently stand in 13th place, but there is a long way to go!

Image credit: Luctor (Public Domain)

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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