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In their first game after the international break FC Utrecht, despite being unbeaten in their last 16 home games in the Eredivisie, lost in their first ever Eredivisie game against FC Emmen.
The team of interim coach Marinus Dijkhuizen were unlucky when the game was turned on its head when there was a red card for Urby Emanuelson.
This was disappointing as Sander van de Streek had given Utrecht the lead after only 13 minutes.
The ten men of Utrecht had many chances of gaining a further lead, but Oussama Tannane headed straight at Emmen goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen, Simon Makienok had a neat header saved and captain Willem Janssen also headed wide.
The goal that Sander van de Streek scored was in his hundredth Eredivisie game, but there was more bad luck when he had to be replaced when he was injured after a clash with Emmen’s Scherpen. It was not a good day all round for FC Utrecht.
There was a great initiative from the FC Utrecht supporters to sing and applaud in the 6th minute for Jean-Paul de Jong the recently sacked coach. His coaching at FC Utrecht was not what they had hoped for, but for long-term commitment as player and as coach he deserved the recognition.
The next game for FC Utrecht is against Feyenoord next Sunday, when the team travel to the De Kuip in Rotterdam, under the direction of new coach Dick Advocaat. The next home game is on Thursday 27 September, in the KNVB Cup, against MVV Maastricht.
Today’s FC Utrecht team:
David Jensen; Sean Klaiber, Willem Janssen, Timo Letschert, Leon Guwara; Urby Emanuelson, Joris van Overeem, Nicolas Gavory, Simon Gustafson (62. Gyrano Church); Sander van de Streek (42. Simon Makienok), Oussama Tannane (80. Nick Venema).
Image credit: Luctor (Public Domain)