Strong FC Utrecht booking a handsome victory at Zenit in play-offs Europa League

Strong FC Utrecht booking a handsome victory at Zenit in play-offs Europa League

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FC Utrecht is the play-offs of the Europa League Wednesday night started with a handsome victory. The team of trainer Erik ten Hag won the heenwedstrijd against Zenit St. Petersburg in the Galgenwaard Stadium with 1-0.

FC Utrecht was the large parts of the match the better team, but got only a quarter of an hour for the time pay to work. Zakaria Labyad signed for the only hit of the contest.

The Domstedelingen are on Dutch soil already ten games in a row undefeated in the preliminary rounds and the main draw of the Europa League. That is a European clubrecord for Utrecht, that this season in the second and third preliminary already debunked, respectively, FC Valletta and Lech Poznan.

The return against Zenit in the play-offs is about eight days on the program. The winner of the diptych of the place for the main draw of the Europa League. The last time FC Utrecht in the group stage reached, was in the 2010/2011 season.

FC Utrecht’s surprising past Zenit

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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.

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Fans of FC Utrecht in the Galgenwaard Stadium.
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FC Utrecht started as an absolute underdog in the first meeting with Zenit, but had a very strong start for their own audience. Cyriel Dessers conquered after two minutes the ball, and sent Gyrano Church road, but the striker took the ball well and missed a great opportunity.

That opening turned out to be a harbinger for the rest of the first half, in which FC Utrecht surprisingly dominated and Zenit especially had to hold back. Among others, Sean Klaiber, and Labyad were dangerous, but they gave their shot to little direction to get the ball between the posts.

The biggest chance of the first half, after a half-hour for Dessers, who last Friday in the first game against ADO Den Haag was important with two hits. The striker came after a good cross, however, two occasions on goalkeeper Andrey Lunev.

On the other hand, had to FC Utrecht pay attention to an attempt of Aleksandr Kokorin and header from former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, but goalkeeper David Jensen kept his goal clean.

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Just as in the first half knew of Utrecht, for a strong start to the second company. Church headed the ball in the first minute after peace is dangerous in the corner, but goalkeeper Lunev could have just his fists against them, and the attacker was also offside. After 53 minutes it was Ayoub dangerous appeared at the edge of the penalty area, but his hard shot through the middle, disappeared into the hands of Lunev.

Although Utrecht also after rest regularly for the purpose of Zenit was to be found, leaving the visitors even more often. So had Jensen come out to a dangerous counter in the bud and flew a shot from Igor Smolnikov right next to it.

FC Utrecht earned despite the victory, but was a long time to be sloppy in the closing to Zenit pain to do, until a quarter of an hour for time. Goalkeeper Lunev could have a close save on a header from Dessers, but the rebound was Labyad accurate with the head.

In the final stage, held FC Utrecht handsome stand and got the home team even more opportunities for the margin to increase, but it remained at 1-0 in the Galgenwaard.

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