After the defeat against Spakenburg, FC Utrecht had hoped for a furious start. But Michael Silberbauer’s team, where Zakaria Labyad started for the first time since his return to the starting line-up, started the game anxiously. “We really wanted to put it right today, but it’s not going well right now,” Labyad said afterwards. In the first half, FC Utrecht did get chances through Mark van der Maarel, Sander van de Streek and Sean Klaiber, but the biggest chance was just before the break for Fortuna. Goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas was attentive to a bet by Thomas Buitink.