FC Twente - FC Utrecht 2-2

27 augustus 2007

On Sunday FC Utrecht scored a fairly good draw in Enschede. Sanmartean played an important role in the two FC Utrecht goals. In the first phase the match was mainly fought on the FC Utrecht half. Though FC Twente, who started the match well, tried their luck with long shots, the attacks from FC Utrecht were more dangerous. First the Twente goalkeeper Boschker had to come to the rescue when George took a hard swing at the ball straight at the goal after a pass by Caluwé had been repelled. After that the defence of the home team mainly had difficulties coping with the dribbling Sanmartean. With his creativity he was a constant threat.  After 21 minutes the Romanian found Caluwé, who saw his shot blocked and after which Nelisse just failed to strike in the second instance. Also the opening goal was preceded by an action of Sanmartean. The midfielder was blocked by Braafheid just outside the penalty area, after which Broerse aimed the ball into the corner of the goal from a free kick. 

Denneboom had a fair chance to score the equalizer, but Vorm (returned as the first goalkeeper) managed to stop the ball just before the line. And yet FC Twente levelled the score on the stroke of half-time. Heubach tripped over Dickoh´s stretched leg and N´Kufo cashed in the penalty allowed by referee Vink.  Two minutes after half-time the 2-1 was scored for FC Twente. The Utrecht defence was completely taken by surprise by Engelaar. He was allowed to shake off four opponents and also left Vorm no chance at all.

The answer was given again via Sanmartean´s feet. He dribbled towards the back line and enabled Caluwé to shoot the ball into the net. In the remaining time of the second half both teams played to win. That did not result in any major chances anymore. Also in the second half FC Twente was most in possession of the ball, but the attacks by Utrecht were a permanent threat. ´A draw against Twente is a fairly good result´, Van Loen said after the match. His colleague Rutten was rather unhappy about the result and thought that his team had left two points on Sunday. According to Van Loen, FC Utrecht especially had difficulties coping with the FC Twente midfield. ´At half-time we have outlined that we should do a better job covering the midfield and that we should be right on the ball more. But straight after halftime this already took a wrong turning. Fortunately the 3-1 for Twente failed to be scored and after a brilliant action by Sanmartean the score was levelled again. Even 2-3 had been possible, but that should have been too much.´ 

Score: 27. Broerse 0-1; 40. N’Kufo 1-1; 47. Engelaar 2-1; 56. Caluwé 2-2

Spectators: 13.000

Referee: Vink

Yellow cards: Broerse, Dickoh (FC Utrecht); Braafheid, Denneboom, Wellenberg and Wielaert (FC Twente) 

Line-up FC Utrecht: Vorm, Cornelisse, Dickoh, Keller, Pieters,Van Dijk, Broerse (Somers/ 68), Caluwé, George, Nelisse (Rossini/76), Sânmartean (66/Kruys)   

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