FC Utrecht did not succeed in providing a surprise in the first round of the new season. Head coach Jean-Paul de Jong’s team lost the match in Eindhoven against the national champion PSV: 4-0.
PSV rubbed salt in the Utrecht wounds in the final phase of the opening match of the season. With a 2-0 score , with a bit less than fifteen minutes to play, the players from Eindhoven showed that their hunger had not been satisfied. Luuk de Jong surfaced freely in front of keeper David Jensen, who prevented a third Brabant goal with a terrific reflex. The ball ended up right at Hirving Lozano’s feet and the Mexican showed no mercy: a scorcher in the righthand corner meant 3-0.
Dumfries also made his contribution
Three minutes later the goal tune was played again in the Philips Stadium. After a corner Denzel Dumfries was uncovered and he knew how to handle that situation. The defender headed in 4-0.
Inching and pinching: Pereiro opens the score
After fifteen minutes’ play in Eindhoven the first goal was scored. After a minor offense by Willem Janssen against Luuk de Jong, Bas Nijhuis blew his whistle and Gastón Pereiro took his place behind the ball. The player from Uruguay measured the ball and curled it into goal via the bar.
Itching for an opportunity
Every now and then there were opportunities for FC Utrecht who had been playing for some forty minutes with a 1-0 score on the board in the Philips Stadium. One would think: if luck is on our side, we could easily catch up. Then things will look completely different. But the Golden Moment the Utrechters were hoping for never came. There were a few chances, but keeper Jeroen Zoet hardly had any problems.
In less than half an hour Steven Bergwijn succeeded in scoring for the fourth time in a row against FC Utrecht. The instant menace was allowed some room for a shot and he rifled the ball into the corner: 2-0.
Focus on home match against PEC-Zwolle
FC Utrecht now have to focus on the match on Sunday 19 August. PEC Zwolle will then be the visitors in Stadium Galgenwaard. Kick-off that day is at 12:15 hrs.
PSV - FC Utrecht 4-0 (1-0)
16. Gastón Pereiro 1-0
57. Steven Bergwijn 2-0
77. Hirving Lozano 3-0
80. Denzel Dumfries 4-0
Yellow cards: Steven Bergwijn, Jorrit Hendrix (PSV), Giovanni Troupée, Mark van der Maarel (FC Utrecht).
Referee: Bas Nijhuis.
Jeroen Zoet; Denzel Dumfries, Daniël Schwaab, Nick Viergever, Angeliño; Pablo Rosario (67. Dante Rigo), Jorrit Hendrix, Gastón Pereiro (81. Maxi Romero); Steven Bergwijn (86. Donyell Malen), Luuk de Jong, Hirving Lozano.
Line-up FC Utrecht:
David Jensen; Giovanni Troupée (71. Joris van Overeem), Mark van der Maarel, Ramon Leeuwin, Willem Janssen, Leon Guwara; Sean Klaiber, Urby Emanuelson (81. Nicolas Gavory), Simon Gustafson; Gyrano Kerk (59. Cyriel Dessers), Sander van de Streek.