Utrecht came back from 3-0 down to earn a 3-3 draw at Excelsior. 

With five wins in their last six Eredivisie matches, Utrecht headed to Rotterdam with plenty of confidence, especially after a 5-0 victory over De Graafschap last weekend. However, Dick Advocaat’s side started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down in the opening ten minutes.

Elías Már Ómarsson opened the scoring with a close-range finish after a scramble in the box before Ryan Koolwijk added a second in the eighth minute with a low strike. Utrecht were stunned but just as they were pushing for a way back, Mark van der Maarel fouled Fortes and Luigi Bruins added a third from the spot in the 26th minute.

At the break, Advocaat turned to 19-year-old striker Nick Venema, who netted twice last weekend and the introduction of another attacker helped Utrecht. Ten minutes into the second-half, Gyrano Kerk made it 3-1 with a precise finish from just outside the box and just after the hour mark, Venema fired in from close range to make it 3-2.

Utrecht were firmly in control and in the 65th minute, Oussama Tannane was brought down. The referee initially awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, but after consulting VAR a spot kick was given. Simon Gustafson made no mistake to level the scores.

The final 25 minutes was hectic with Excelsior hitting the bar through Robin van der Meer before Utrecht’s Sean Klaiber was sent-off for a second yellow.

Utrecht held on for the point which takes them fourth while Excelsior are tenth.

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