FC Utrecht beat sc Heerenveen 3-2 in the Abe Lenstra Stadium.
Another three points for FC Utrecht. Head trainer Dick Advocaat’s team were too strong for sc Heerenveen this afternoon (Sunday), winning 3-2 in a freezing cold Abe Lenstra Stadium. A top-class first half provided solid foundations to take all three points in a match that was exciting to the very end.
Pelle van Amersfoort’s strike 15 minutes before time was much more than a goal. It raised Heerenveen’s hopes and caused many a Utrecht fan to bite their nails for the last quarter of an hour. It took the score up to 3-2 and brought the game back to life again.
The outlook had been totally different half an hour earlier. When referee Edwin van de Graaf blew for half time, the scoreboard spoke volumes: 3-0 to Utrecht, a team that had rarely dazzled but was always alert when it mattered. A team that had shown no mercy to the Frisian defenders.
Bergström on target, Kerk scores again
The first goal of the afternoon was scored by Emil Bergström. The Swede, who had heard just a few minutes before the kick-off that he would be starting in place of Timo Letschert instead of sitting on the substitutes’ bench, headed home a corner: 1-0. Twelve minutes later Gyrano Kerk doubled the margin. The striker scored for the fourth game in a row. Oh, and how rare is that? Kerk is only the second player in the past 15 years to score for Utrecht in four successive Eredivisie matches. The obvious question is, who was the other player? And the answer is: Ruud Boymans.
Anyway, back to today’s game. Friesland. Freezing cold. Nearly half time and the score is 2-0! A nice margin. But, Oussama Tannane must have thought it could be even better. The attacker set off on a run in the first-half injury time and beat Warner Hahn with a shot in the near corner: 3-0.
Vlap reignites the Frisian football flame
Heerenveen had a lot more to say for themselves in the second half, although it took them 20 minutes before they found the net. Michel Vlap scored a beauty to reignite the Frisian football flame. When Van Amersfoort made it 3-2 five minutes later, the game was up for grabs.
Carrying on with 11 men
And when substitute Lukas Görtler was shown a red card, all the alarm bells went off in Utrecht. But after studying the video images, Van de Graaf withdrew the punishment: yellow instead of red for the German. So Utrecht entered the closing minutes with 11 men giving all they had to defend their lead. And successfully!
In the last week before the winter break, Utrecht are preparing for a challenging but thrilling programme. On Thursday, Advocaat’s team will meet Feyenoord in the TOTO KNVB cup in the Kuyp. And on Sunday a sold-out Galgenwaard will host Ajax in the league.
sc Heerenveen - FC Utrecht 2-3 (0-3)
14. Emil Bergström 0-1
26. Gyrano Kerk 0-2
45+1. Oussama Tannane 0-3
69. Michel Vlap 1-3
75. Pelle van Amersfoort 2-3
Yellow cards: Joris van Overeem, Lukas Görtler (FC Utrecht).
Scheidsrechter: Edwin van de Graaf.
sc Heerenveen line-up:
Warner Hahn; Sherel Floranus, Doke Schmidt (63. Pelle van Amersfoort), Kik Pierie, Lucas Woudenberg (87. Jizz Hornkamp); Yuki Kobayashi, Ben Rienstra, Michel Vlap; Mitchell van Bergen (46. Nemanja Mihajlovic), Sam Lammers, Arber Zeneli.
FC Utrecht line-up:
David Jensen; Sean Klaiber, Emil Bergström, Willem Janssen, Nicolas Gavory; Joris van Overeem, Simon Gustafson, Urby Emanuelson (82. Mark van der Maarel), Sander van de Streek (78. Lukas Görtler); Gyrano Kerk (89. Othmane Boussaid), Oussama Tannane.