Utrecht have moved up to sixth after a comfortable 5-1 victory at Heracles Almelo.

After their disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Excelsior last weekend, Dick Advocaat was without the sick Jean-Christophe Bahebeck. Michiel Kramer was preferred up front to Nick Venema. Heracles welcomed back Adrian Dalmau up front.

After only ten minutes the visitors were ahead through Sander van de Streek, who found the net thanks to a lucky bounce.

The game then went quiet until the 41st minute when Jesper Drost challenged Sean Klaiber in the midfield. No foul was given but VAR indicated that Christiaan Bax should take another look. After viewing the images a red card was shown to the Heracles midfielder for a high challenge.

With the man extra, Utrecht extended their lead in the 50th minute when Willem Janssen headed in a corner. However, Heracles gave themselves a chance when Dalmau pulled one back.

Gyrano Kerk killed any chance of a comeback in the 65th minute when he raced through on goal and slotted the ball into the net. In the final ten minutes, Utrecht increased the score to 5-1 thanks to two penalties, one netted by Simon Gustafson and the other, Riechedly Bazoer.

The victory lifts Utrecht above Heracles and into sixth spot.

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