Substitutes break the spell on behalf of FC Utrecht against FC Twente: 3-0.
FC Utrecht took three points in a wonderful game of football in an equally sunny as well filled stadium Galgenwaard. Trainer/coach Erik ten hag’s team made the difference in the last half hour of the game against FC Twente: 3-0.
A mistake by FC Twente captain Stefan Thesker who played the ball into the feet of Gyrano Kerk. The swift striker immediately pushed forward, beat his opponent and gave the ball to Nacer Barazite. The substitute, seven minutes on the pitch, was calm and above all accurate. Goal! And thus, at that point, 2-0.
Three minutes before the tables were turned. Then Barazite, in one of his first ball contacts, kept the overview and gave a wonderful assist. Kerk stood at the right spot and headed the ball into the goal. Nick Marsman was beaten and FC Utrecht could celebrate.
Another goal for Zivkovic
And as if the important role substitute Barazite played was not enough, another substitute scored as well. Richairo Zivkovic is the name. The striker gained the ball in the box, fifteen minutes before the end of the game and scored the third goal with a well placed diagonal shot. The party was complete, the points for FC Utrecht: 3-0.
Football party in packed Stadium Galgenwaard
That football party was celebrated at Stadium Galgenwaard. Over 22 thousand supporters found their way towards the biggest sports venue in Utrecht and supported the team from the first minute onwards. Maybe that was the reason Utrecht created three good chances in the first ten minutes already.
Next week: Feyenoord away
At those moments FC Utrecht lacked the final and decisive push. That preserved Ten Hag’s collective, motivated by substitutes, until the final part of the game. And thus number four FC Utrecht maintained their margin on number five Vitesse. Points 51, 52 and 53 of this season are in the pocket. Next week Utrecht continue the point chase in Rotterdam. Then title contender Feyenoord is the opponent in De Kuip.
Next home game: Roda JC Kerkrade
The next home game for FC Utrecht is Sunday 23 April. Then Roda JC Kerkrade will visit Stadium Galgenwaard. The game starts at 12.30 and tickets are already on sale.
FC Utrecht - FC Twente 3-0 (0-0)
62. Gyrano Kerk 1-0
65. Nacer Barazite 2-0
78. Richairo Zivkovic 3-0
Yellow cards: Ramon Leeuwin, Willem Janssen (both FC Utrecht), Mateusz Klich and Jos Hooiveld (both FC Twente).
Referee: Danny Makkelie.
Line-up FC Utrecht:
David Jensen; Mark van der Maarel, Ramon Leeuwin, Willem Janssen (87. Edson Braafheid), Kevin Conboy; Wout Brama, Sofyan Amrabat, Yassin Ayoub, Zakaria Labyad (58. Nacer Barazite); Gyrano Kerk (66. Richairo Zivkovic), Sébastien Haller.
Line-up FC Twente:
Nick Marsman; Hidde ter Avest, Stefan Thesker (70. Jos Hooiveld), Peet Bijen, Jeroen van der Lely; Dejan Trajkovski (70. Dylan George), Bersant Celina, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Mateusz Klich; Enes Ünal, Fredrik Jensen (82. Tim Hölscher).