BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Despite putting in another productive shift for FC Utrecht, Juan Agudelo was unable to break out of his goal scoring funk, while Aron Johannsson only played the final six minutes for AZ.
NAC Breda 2 - 2 FC Utrecht
Juan Agudelo played the first 66 minutes for Utrecht, who were able to come back twice in the final five minutes to grab a tie against NAC Breda.
Utrecht started strong and created a flurry of chances in the first half-an-hour. The American nearly put his team on top in this stretch of play, getting his head on the end of a nice cross from Tommy Oar, but his header sailed just wide of the net.
Breda took control shortly thereafter, but Utrecht keeper Robin Ruitter made a series of spectacular saves to keep his team level at half time.
Danny Verbeek finally gave Breda the goal they had been seeking in the 58th minute. The forward slammed home a shot after receiving a short corner from Kees Kwakman to put Breda in front.
Shortly after the goal, Agudelo made way for Jacob Mulenga, making his first appearance since November 9th after a lengthy absence due to a knee injury.
Though Breda continued to dominate the game, Davy Bulthuis scored on a header off of a Tommy Oar free kick to equalize for Utrecht in the 86th minute. Rydell Poepon grabbed the lead back for the hosts two minutes later though, nodding a cross from Elson Hooi into the back of the net which made it 2 - 1 in the 88th minute.
Cedric van der Gun saved Utrecht in the 90th minute, scoring his second goal of the season to rescue a point for Utrecht.
Agudelo and his teammates don't have much time to rest as they host Cambuur on Wednesday.
Dordrecht 1 - 0 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond fought valiantly, but couldn't overcome Erixon Danso's second minute goal as they fell on the road to league leaders Dordrecht.
Wouter van der Steen was forced to make a save in the first 35 seconds of the game, and palmed the shot out for a corner. Danso slotted in a shot off of the ensuing corner to put Dordrecht in a commanding position.
Dordrecht's stance was strengthened in the 25th minute when Jeffrey van Nuland was sent off for a vicious tackle on Rihairo Meulens.
The rest of the game consisted of Helmond consolidating at the back of their formation, and as such, they were unable to create anything meaningful on offense following van Nuland's dismissal.
Kazlauskas, who lined up at right back for Helmond, was issued a yellow in the 74th minute, his fourth in 33 games this season.
Helmond take on Volendam next Friday in a battle between two teams in the bottom half of the Eerste Divisie this season.
Notes: Aron Johannsson played the final six minutes for AZ in their scoreless tie against Cambuur