Asare seals win for FC Utrecht

Nana Asare’s late goal extended FC Utrecht’s winning start at home this season into a third game after they had twice come from behind against VVV-Venlo. Ruud Boymans scored both goals for the visitors, who were searching for only their second win this season. But Ricky van Wolfswinkel equalised on each occasion, his first goal coming from the penalty spot, and Asare maintained the symmetry of Utrecht’s opening six games – three home wins, three away defeats. Utrecht had the better of the first half and could have gone ahead in the 15th minute when Asare’s corner picked out defender Jan Wuytens, who headed wide under no pressure. And another good chance went begging a minute later when Erixon Danso(born in the Netherlands to Ghanaian parents) went through one-on-one against stationary goalkeeper Dennis Gentenaar but shot weakly straight at him. And their wastefulness came back to haunt them as VVV swept straight up the other end and Boymans met Balazs Toth’s cross with a fantastic right-footed volley into the top corner to open the scoring. But Utrecht levelled when Boymans turned villain in the 27th minute, fouling Tim Cornelisse in the penalty area and allowing Van Wolfswinkel to slot a low penalty away right-footed. VVV’s Brian Linssen headed over before the interval, but the hosts found another gear in the second period. Alje Schut’s header beat Gentenaar but was cleared off the line by Micheal Timisela, and substitute Jacob Mulenga hesitated and shot straight at the keeper when in behind the defence. Van Wolfswinkel was forced wide by Gentenaar and could only find the outside of the post before VVV again struck against the run of play in the 72nd minute. Substitute Jorge Chula’s cross caused havoc and Boymans ended the resulting scramble by lashing home left-footed. An ill-deserved win appeared on the cards but they were denied when the impressive Edouard Duplan shot against the upright and the prolific Van Wolfswinkel followed up to tap in. And Asare settled the match in the hosts’ favour with six minutes remaining when Mulenga ran through clear on Gentenaar and unselfishly squared for his team-mate to finish.

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