Arjen Robben made minutes for FC Groningen for the first time since his retirement against PSV on Sunday. The attacker came in fifteen minutes before the end of the game with FC Utrecht, which ended in 0-0.
Padt prevents defeat of FC Groningen
During his brief substitution, Robben failed to make a difference. The only time the attacker got in a good position to lash out with the left, he tried to reach a teammate.
Robben returned to the old nest last summer and made his Eredivisie return in mid-September. That first match ended in disappointment, because he dropped out early against PSV with a groin injury.
Since then, Robben has worked individually on his recovery, in order to be able to join the group training again last week. The encounter with FC Utrecht seemed to come too early, but trainer Danny Buijs included the 96-time international in the match selection and let him fill in for Ramon Lundqvist in the 76th minute.
Arjen Robben came into the field fifteen minutes before the end as a substitute. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Groningen also made little claim to victory in its own Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium, where it stunted against Ajax (1-0) two weeks ago. Only in the first half did the home team get chances through Lundqvist and Ahmed El Messaoudi.
After the break, Utrecht became stronger and it was Sergio Padt who kept his team going. The Groningen keeper had some nice saves at home on the bets of Sander van de Streek and Bart Ramselaar. Only Moussa Sylla managed to pass Padt, but his goal was canceled due to offside.
With seven points from five matches, FC Groningen keeps the unbeaten FC Utrecht (six from four) under it. The teams are respectively seventh and eighth in the Eredivisie.
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