Two late goals saw FC Utrecht secure a 2-0 victory at relegation-threatened Cambuur in the Dutch Eredivisie on Friday night.
After a first half that was dominated more by the referee’s whistle than exciting football, with four yellow cards handed out in all, the hosts looked set to secure a rare point as the game headed for a goalless draw.
But Utrecht’s Mark van der Maarel headed home from close range in the 79th minute to finally break the deadlock and make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Cambuur did their best to force an equaliser in the final 10 minutes, but instead it was French striker Sebastien Haller who made sure of the three points for Utrecht three minutes from time with another well-placed header.
The result sees Utrecht rise five places from 10th to fifth on the Eredivisie table, while Cambuur remain rooted near the bottom, having now lost six on the trot.