Utrecht came from behind to beat Excelsior Rotterdam and consolidate fourth place in the Eredivisie.

The hosts got off to the perfect start on five minutes when Mike van Duinen shrugged off Kevin Conboy to prod the ball into the net.

Excelsior then blew several chances to make it 2-0 and paid for it just before the break when Jordy de Wijs fouled Sebastien Haller to concede a penalty. The Frenchman picked himself up to net from the spot and record his 41st goal for Utrecht, which means he is now the all time leading foreign goalscorer for the club.

Three minutes into the second half Utrecht took the lead thanks to a big stroke of luck. The ball fell to Willem Janssen in the box and the Utrecht captain’s strike was headed into his own net by Jurgen Mattheij. On 55 minutes, Zakaria Labyad was unlucky to see his strike come crashing down off the bar, but from the rebound Haller set up Gyrano Kerk to net the visitors third.

The victory means Utrecht now sit eight points clear of Vitesse in fourth and they are almost assured of a play-off spot. Excelsior remain 15th, but could find themselves in the bottom three if results go against them later this week.


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