A late penalty from Jeff Stans handed Excelsior a hard fought 1-0 win over Utrecht.

exc utrThe best chances in the first half fell to the home side with Robbin Ruiter having to keep out shots from both Khalid Karami and Brandley Kuwas, while at the other end Sean Kleiber’s effort was saved by the legs of Tom Muyters.

Both sides seemed to be settling for a point in the second half, but fifteen minutes before the end Jeff Stans went to ground after an error by Utrecht’s Willem Janssen and Excelsior were awarded a penalty. Stans picked himself up to fire the home side ahead.

Utrecht pushed for an equaliser but Excelsior held on for three points which lifts them to 12th. Utrecht sit 10th.

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