Aging Dutch defender TIM CORNELISSE (2) of FC Utrecht has a good view as Ghana international midfielder NANA ASARE (15) curls the ball around FC Lucerne goalkeeper DAVID ZIBUNG to send the visitors ahead in the 13th minute at the Stadion Allmend in Switzerland. (ANP photo)
UEFA Europa League
third round qualifying, second leg
1 – FC Luzerne (SWITZ) —– Pacar 53′
3 – FC Utrecht (HOL) ——— Asare 13, van Wolfswinkel 22′, Silberbauer 28′
It took less than half an hour for visiting Dutch club FC UTRECHT to sew up the UEFA Europa League third round qualifying tie with FC LUCERNE in Switzerland.
23-year-old midfielder NANA ASARE of Ghana opened FC Utrecht’s account after a feed from Belgian winger DRIES MERTENS, scorer of the only goal from the first leg.
Next, 21-year-old winger RICKY VAN WOLFSWINKEL raced in to score his third goal in four Europa League matches this summer with a ball headed on by Zambia international JACOB MULENGA.
Then, veteran Denmark international midfielder MICHAEL SILBERBAUER knifed right through three FC Lucerne players to effectively end the match not yet even thirty minutes old.
FC Utrecht goalkeeper MICHEL VORM, the backup shot-stopper for the World Cup finalists from the Netherlands this summer in South Africa, lost his shutout early in the second half when 19-year-old substitute forward JANKO PACAR scored with a glancing header.
FC LUZERNE : Zibung ; Zvertovic, Veskovac, Wiss, Lustenberger ; Gygax, Renggli, Kukeli (Pacar 46′), Ferreira, Yakin (Prager 46′) ; Ianu (Paiva 58′)
FC UTRECHT : Vorm ; Cornelisse, Schut, Wuytens, Nesu ; Asare (Maguire 46′), Silberbauer, Lensky (Nijholt 76′) ; Mertens, Mulenga, van Wolfswinkel (Loval 76′)