Week 30 Eredivisie Report: Late drama as NAC and Utrecht share points


Friday 28th March 2014



Three goals in the final four minutes finally brought some excitement to the game in Breda tonight as NAC and Utrecht drew 2-2.

NAC en FC Utrecht delen punten na krankzinnige slotfase

The game got underway eight minutes late after grounds men had to come to the rescue when large craters in the pitch had been created by pre-match fireworks. Once the fun and games was over, the action got going at a slow pace. After a goal-less first half we thought we had a goal on 55 minutes but Rydell Poepon was a mile offside when he tapped home from Robbin Ruiter’s save.

The opening goal came just before the hour mark as Danny Verbeek was found by a Kees Kwakman pass and the striker had plenty of time in the area to lash home a left footed shot that gave Ruiter no chance of stopping.

Jan Wouters’ side desperate for points pressed for a goal and on 86 minutes they got their wish against the run of play. Australian midfielder Tommy Oar floated in a free kick allowing defender Dave Bulthuis to cleverly nod home past Jelle ten Rouwelaar.

Utrecht possibly settled and thought they had clinched an away point but Rydell Poepon had other ideas. A minute before time, the striker rose above Bulthuis to head home Elson Hooi’s cross from the right-wing. The effort should have been stopped by Ruiter as he palmed it into the net.

When NAC and the home fans obviously thought they had snatched all three points but Cedric van der Gun stole the point for Utrecht. Mark van der Maarel launched a long ball into the box and after Steve de Ridder failed to connect with an header, the ball fell perfectly for Van der Gun to smash home from close range.

An unbelievable end to the game that keeps Utrecht in 14th on 32 points, five clear of the drop zone while NAC Breda stay in 11th on 34 points.


NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, De Roover, Drost, Kwakman, Swerts, Buijs, Bodor, Matic, Hooi, Poepon, Verbeek (Perica 90).

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Sarpong, Suk, El Allouchi, Seuntjens, Van der Weg.

GOALS: Verbeek 58, Poepon 88.


UTRECHT: Ruiter, Van der Maarel, Delpierre, Heerings, Bulthuis, Van der Gun, Mårtensson, Toornstra (Sarota 82), Oar, De Ridder, Agudelo (Mulenga 66).

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Diemers, Dorda, Quesada, Markiet.

GOALS: Bulthuis 86, Van der Gun 90.



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