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Van den Belt the hero for PEC Zwolle; two points from fourteen duels for Willem II | Eredivisie

Van den Belt the hero for PEC Zwolle; two points from fourteen duels for Willem II | Eredivisie

Thomas van den Belt has delivered a very welcome victory to PEC Zwolle. The 20-year-old midfielder from Zwolle scored his first two goals in professional football tonight; as a result of which Dick Schreuder’s team won 2-0 against the errant Willem II.




PEC Zwolle came on nine points from nineteen matches due to the victory. Fortuna Sittard and Sparta Rotterdam are above PEC Zwolle with thirteen points from eighteen matches. At Willem II; the problems will continue into the new year. The team of coach Fred Grim remained without a win for the fourteenth game in a row. Since the 2-1 win over PSV on September 25; after which Willem II was equally second in the Eredivisie; only two points have been taken in fourteen games.

PEC Zwolle had asked the KNVB to postpone the game on Thursday because many selection players would have been felled by corona; but Dick Schreuder was able to start almost the same team as in the last game before the winter break.

Van den Belt the hero for PEC Zwolle; two points from fourteen duels for Willem II |  Eredivisie

Willem II coach Fred Grim. © ANP

At Willem II; right back Leeroy Owusu was missing because of corona; Kilian Ludewig; who was hired from Red Bull Salzburg this week; was not ready for a full game yet. That’s why wing attacker Mats Köhlert played right back. After Godfried Roemeratoe had just headed over from a corner in the opening phase; the home team got better and better in the game. That resulted in the opening goal after 25 minutes. Derrick Köhn let himself be trumped in the left back; Thomas van den Belt was able to tap the ball in from the cross: 1-0.

Willem II was lucky that it reached the break with that score; because Gervano Kasteneer still missed a great chance for the second goal from Zwolle. Ringo Meerveld stayed behind in the dressing room; Görkem Saglam came in to replace him. And just after Fred Grim had made two more substitutions after an hour of play – Elton Kabangu and Vincent Schippers came in for Max Svensson and Derrick Köhn – Willem II got his first big chance. Saglam steamed through the middle and served Ché Nunnely; who next to lap.

Willem II was killed in the 78th minute when Van den Belt made his and Zwolle’s second goal. With a low shovel in the corner he outwitted Wellenreuther: 2-0. It almost became tense when a shot by Saglam seemed to hit the target; but the ball landed just on the wrong side of the post via a Zwolle leg.

Pro Shots / Toin Damen

© Pro Shots / Toin Damen

Pro Shots / Toin Damen

© Pro Shots / Toin Damen



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