• Labyad: ”I practice free kicks a lot and it pays dividends”

    (Football-Oranje.com) FC Utrecht midfielder Zakaria Labyad spoke to the NOS after FC Utrecht’s 3-1 win away to Sparta Rotterdam.

    Labyad scored the quickest goal of the season in the Eredivisie, netting after only 37 seconds to put Utrecht ahead, before he added another in the second half with a free-kick.

    After the game, Labyad said, ”We played well as team today and going 1-0 up so quickly helped us. It was a shame that we could not extend our lead to 2 or 3-0 before half-time.

    ”We let Sparta Rotterdam back into the game as they came on the counter-attack.

    ”With my free-kick, I initially wanted to lay the ball off for my teammate. But I decided to shoot because I felt that we were playing at a too low tempo in order to go 2-1 up.

    ”I practice a lot of free-kicks with teammates and that pays dividends.

    ”I am in form but I receive a lot of support from my teammates and I am grateful for that. There is good communication in our team.”

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