A 90th-minute penalty saw Utrecht earn a 1-1 draw with PEC Zwolle meaning both sides remain without a win this season. 

haller-utf-oeThe home side came into the game bottom of the table after a difficult start to the campaign but they looked a team determined to earn their first win of the season as they dominated early on. On 12th minute’s PEC Zwolle’s pressure paid off but in controversial circumstances.

On 12th minute’s PEC Zwolle’s pressure paid off as Kingsley Ehizibue netted an opener, but in controversial circumstances. Utrecht defender Kevin Conboy was on the ground with a head injury but the referee waved play on and after Robbin Ruiter failed to claim a cross, Ehizibue slotted into the net.

Richairo Zivkovic was handed his first start for Utrecht and the young striker missed two good opportunities to equalise before the break while Sebastien Haller shot over the bar from close range.

Chances were scarce in the second half and it looked like PEC Zwolle were going to hold on but in the last minute Calvin Verdonk brought down Giovanni Troupee earning the defender a red card and Utrecht a penalty, which Haller scored. The draw which is Utrecht’s third of the campaign keeps them in 15th, while PEC Zwolle move off the bottom to 16th.

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