Sparkling performance on Wednesday

04 april 2019

FC Utrecht beat VVV-Venlo despite a 2-1 backlog at halftime: 6-2!

Thanks to an impressive second half FC Utrecht beat VVV-Venlo tonight (Wednesday) in Covebo Stadium De Koel. Though halfway through the match the score was 2-1 to the benefit of Venlo, an final score shown on the scoreboard was 2-6 for FC Utrecht.

Goals in abundance. For FC Utrecht. On the artificial pitch De Koel in Venlo. It was Riechedly Bazoer who gave the kick-off for an impressive FC Utrecht resurrection. With a beautiful shot he signed for the 2-1.  By doing so he made good the two Venlo goals of the first half (scored by Johnatan Opokou and Patrick Joosten, who’s on loan from FC Utrecht); Bazoer had already found the net in the first half as well: 2-2.

And then? FC Utrecht showed their class. Nearly insane. Eight minutes after 2-2 the score was increased to 2-3. A sharp Simon Gustafson cross was headed behind keeper Unnerstall by captain Danny Post of the Limburg squad. Two minutes later the German keeper had to get the ball out of the net again. Now it was Sean Klaiber who had made his contribution. The right back from Nieuwegein cut out his opponent and rifled the ball past Unnerstall with a well-judged ball in the near corner. A heavenly goal: 2-4!

Half a dozen
From that moment on Maurice Steijn’s team had already lost most confidence, which was completely gone six minutes later – just into the second part of the second half.  Sander van de Streek also scored his goal with a powerful shot via the inside of the post: 2-5.  It was an unmatched wealth! But the party was not over yet. Because just before the final whistle it was Michiel Kramer who completed the half a dozen: 2-6 for FC Utrecht against VVV in Venlo. 2-6!

Record: 4 away matches won in a row
The three points in Venlo came from FC Utrecht’s fourth away win in a row in the Eredivisie. And that matches the club record that was booked in September-November 1971.

Milestone and unique occurrence
The six goal win against VVV-Venlo also means a milestone for FC Utrecht. It is in fact the 200th away win in the history of the Domstad players. And for that matter it is also the first time that FC Utrecht scored six goals in an Eredivisie away match.

Exceptionally efficient
FC Utrecht proved to be exceptionally efficient in an away game in 2019. So far head coach Dick Advocaat’s team has scored nineteen goals in Eredivisie away games. Numbers two of that tier are Willem II and sc Heerenveen (immediately after the Match VVV-Venlo – FC Utrecht), who scored thirteen goals in away matches this calender year.

Action required again on Saturday
The battery needs to be charged again fast. Because the next match is already waiting for FC Utrecht next Saturday. Advocaat’s team will then play against ADO Den Haag in the Cars Jeans Stadium.  The kick-off of that match is at 18:30 hrs. Tickets are on sale via INTERNET and in the FC Utrecht Fanshop.

VVV-Venlo - FC Utrecht 2-6 (2-1)
18. Johnatan Opoku 1-0
22. Riechedly Bazoer 1-1
41. Patrick Joosten 2-1
53. Riechedly Bazoer 2-2
61. Danny Post (own goal) 2-3
63. Sean Klaiber 2-4
69. Sander van de Streek 2-5
88. Michiel Kramer 2-6

Yellow cards: none

Attendance: 6,723

Referee: Rob Dieperink.

Line-up VVV-Venlo:
Lars Unnerstall; Tristan Dekker, Nils Röseler, Chris Kum, Roel Janssen (67. Evert Linthorst); Danny Post, Ralf Seuntjens, Peter van Ooijen; Johnatan Opoku (79. Tino Susic), Peniel Mlapa, Patrick Joosten.

Line-up FC Utrecht:
David Jensen; Sean Klaiber, Timo Letschert, Willem Janssen, Nicolas Gavory; Joris van Overeem (75. Rico Strieder), Riechedly Bazoer, Simon Gustafson (81. Urby Emanuelson), Sander van de Streek; Gyrano Kerk, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (75. Michiel Kramer).