FC Utrecht beats Groningen in away match

14 september 2007

On Friday evening, FC Utrecht won the away match against Groningen. In Euroborg, Van Dijk and Somers scored for FC Utrecht in the second half. Regarding this month’s program, it is a more than welcome victory. The way the team played gave confidence. ‘This was the first time we played the way we prefer’, Van Loen said. In his opinion it was a well deserved victory. ‘It’s a pleasure to see that it works out what we are training for during the week. We have played well; today, the combinations were perfect’. 

In the first half, the best chances were for FC Utrecht. The team was also better than the opponent. In the 21st minute, a corner kick by Broerse reached Kruys. His shot was stopped, after which FC Groningen goalkeeper Van Loo saved after Dickoh’s effort. Fifteen minutes later, Broerse started an attack on the right wing and passed to Nelisse. The forward was held but this foul was not seen.

FC Groningen, who missed some forwards because of injuries, was relying on distant kicks during the first half. An effort by Lovre for example, just missed the FC Utrecht goal. Only in the 24th minute, after a good attack, the home team was in Vorm’s neighbourhood. Silva persevered well on the right wing. His cross reached Nijland, who surprised Keller, but he saw his kick just miss the second post. Just before half time, Silva’s free kick ended at the outside of the post. Anyway, Vorm was close to that. 

FC Groningen started the second half more convincingly, but soon FC Utrecht  scored the 0-1. Now, referee Kuijpers decided a penalty kick, when Nelisse stumbled over Metaj’s stretched out foot. FC Groningen hurried to score the equalizer. That resulted in a hectic phase in which the team was encouraged fanatically by their supporters. However, the pressure did not take long.  FC Groningen, too, vainly claimed a penalty kick. Now and then, FC Utrecht succeeded in attacking by counters.

Some minutes before the end, one of those was successful. Substitute Somers rounded off a perfect pass by Sanmartean. In the last minutes Vandenbergh, too, turned up as a substitute.  

Next week, FC Utrecht has an away match again. Then Heerenveen is the opponent. 

Score: 58. Van Dijk 0-1; 86. Somers 0-2
Spectators: 19,200
Referee: Kuipers Yellow cards: Pieters, Broerse (FC Utrecht); Meerdink, Metaj, Silva (FC Groningen)  

Line up FC Utrecht: Vorm, Cornelisse, Keller, Dickoh, Pieters, Kruys (Somers/81),Van Dijk, Broerse, George(Vandenbergh/88), Nelisse, Sânmartean (Schut/86) 

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