FC Utrecht in Intertoto tournament

2 juli 2007

FC Utrecht has secured a ticket for the Intertoto tournament. That ticket was earned with a draw without any goals against Vitesse in Galgenwaard. For a moment the match seemed to continue the same way in which the confrontation had derailed in the Gelredome last Thursday. Already after two minutes Kaya made a spicy charge at Van Dijk. Haverkort immediately punished that foul with a yellow card and kept the rest of the match nicely under control.

On Sunday the ten thousand spectators watched a match with due chances and with two goal keepers who showed that they are of great value for their team. After ten minutes Caluwé could have opened the score 1-0 on the scoreboard. However, his shot went straight towards Stojkovic. Stojkovic also had a good reply to free kicks well taken by Van Dijk and Broerse.

And then Boussaboun had a free chance to head in the ball and Rossini almost rounded off a chance after having received the ball nicely just before half time. It seemed as if Cornelisse was pushed to the ground within the penalty area, but the referee decided not to allow a penalty.

In the first half Vitesse was dangerous twice. The first time was in the 29th minute. An apparently not well taken corner ball was missed by everyone, but did not surprise Grandel. But the best chance for the players from Arnhem was for Hai. Esajas had passed the ball to Hai who was uncovered before the FC Utrecht goal, but the Chinese player succeeded in shooting the ball wide. Just before half time Grandel saved the day by stopping a free kick.

At the beginning of the second half Boussaboun was nearly successful. Stojkovic was already beaten, but the ball was stopped before the goal line by a Vitesse defender. Cornelisse equally failed to kick in the ball in the second instance. Also thereafter the two teams did not always perform well, and the match remained open.  That resulted in chances before the two goals in the final phase. A shot by substitute George just went wide, Loval shot the ball across the goal-mouth and Rossini hit the cross-bar. On the other side Grandel again stepped in well when Esajas suddenly appeared before him.

Foeke Booy: ´Today we tried it time and again, we played too hastily and we did not always make the right choices. The two goal keepers managed to keep the nil well. We saw two teams who are at the end of their tether. We will have a good rest now and we are going to prepare ourselves for the Intertoto. It is a slightly longer road than we had wished for, but this is also a way to get there. We can now finish the season with a positive feeling after all.´


Referee: Haverkort   
Yellow cards: Keller, Broerse (FC Utrecht); Kaya (Vitesse)
Spectators: 10,000

FC Utrecht: Grandel, Cornelisse,Keller, Broerse, Pieters (Schut/57),Loval, De Jong (Dickoh/88), Van Dijk, Caluwé, Boussaboun (George/74), Rossini



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