A last minute Sebastien Haller penalty earned 10-man Utrecht an unlikely 2-1 win over  PEC Zwolle.

haller pecPEC Zwolle began the game on top and deservedly took the lead on fourteen minutes when Lars Veldwijk’s shot rebounded into the path of Wout Marinus and the midfielder fired past Robbin Ruiter.

However on 25 minutes the away side equalised as Yassin Ayoub played through Sebastien Haller on the left hand side of the box and the Frenchman fired a low shot into the bottom corner.

PEC Zwolle remained on top for most of the game and seemed to be heading for the win when Mark van der Maarel pulled down Lars Veldwijk on 85 minutes, resulting in a penalty for the home side and a red card for the Utrecht defender. However Stef Nijland blasted the ball over the bar.

Referee Eric Braamhaar then stunned the home crowd by awarding Utrecht a penalty in injury time as Trent Sainsbury brought down Haller. The defender argued that the foul was outside the box but the decision stood and Haller fired Utrecht to an unlikely three points.

Its a second damaging home defeat in a row for PEC Zwolle after the 5-1 loss to Vitesse last week and Ron Jans side remain sixth. Utrecht rise to seventh.




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