FC Utrecht midfielder Zakaria Labyad spoke to the NOS after FC Utrecht’s 3-1 win away to Sparta Rotterdam.

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Labyad scored the quickest goal of the season in the Eredivisie, netting after only 37 seconds to put Utrecht ahead, before he added another in the second half with a free-kick.

After the game, Labyad said, ”We played well as team today and going 1-0 up so quickly helped us. It was a shame that we could not extend our lead to 2 or 3-0 before half-time.

”We let Sparta Rotterdam back into the game as they came on the counter-attack.

”With my free-kick, I initially wanted to lay the ball off for my teammate. But I decided to shoot because I felt that we were playing at a too low tempo in order to go 2-1 up.

”I practice a lot of free-kicks with teammates and that pays dividends.

”I am in form but I receive a lot of support from my teammates and I am grateful for that. There is good communication in our team.”

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