Matchwinner Labyad will find that Utrecht often had to score against Zenit
Zakaria Labyad was a Wednesday night thrilled with the beautiful 1-0 victory of FC Utrecht on Zenit St. Petersburg in the heenduel in the play-offs of the Europa League, but the matchwinner also realised very well that there is more in the barrel had been sitting for the Domstedelingen.
“1-0 against Zenit is of course a fantastic result”, began Labyad his story for the cameras of FOX Sports.
“Only it is a pity that that one hit is preserved. If you look at the opportunities we have had, we had a lot more scoring.”
After, among others, Gyrano Church and Cyriel Dessers great opportunities life had missed, broke Labyad in the 76th minute the ban by a rebound to take advantage of. The joy-explosion that followed in the Galgenwaard caused goosebumps on the arms of the playmaker.
“The stadium exploded. If you saw what all happened after the final whistle happened…That everyone of us was singing was fantastic.”
FC Utrecht’s surprising past Zenit
Dafne Schippers, the newly crowned world champion in the 200 metres, was guest of honour at FC Utrecht for a Europa League match with Zenit.
Fans of FC Utrecht in the Galgenwaard Stadium.
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Labyad was just afraid that Zenit from one of the low counters would save. “You know that Zenit have a fantastic team. They may have a chance to create. We continued our game play, and that has in a 1-0 victory resulted.”
An important role in the success of FC Utrecht is in accordance with Labyad to play for coach Erik ten Hag. “He made it clear how we in Europe have to play. A lot of guys, including me, have already, of course, what European matches behind their name. We try to bring across the rest of the group. You can see that that works.”
Labyad is confident that FC Utrecht’s 1-0 next week Thursday in Russia on the line can pull. “I hope that we have a time score. Then we make it very difficult for them.”
Strong FC Utrecht booking a handsome victory at Zenit in play-offs Europa League