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Matt Miazga, Vitesse win crucial first leg playoff


Vitesse sits 90 minutes away from a place in next season’s Europa League qualification rounds.

The Eredivisie club defeated FC Utrecht, 3-2, at the Gelredome on Tuesday, putting themselves a leg away from snatching their spot in European competition. A game winning header by Guram Kashia won the leg for Vitesse after seeing being pegged back twice by their opponents.

Mason Mount’s opener was canceled out by Ramon Leeuwin in the 62nd minute which saw the scoreline sitting at 1-1. Bryan Linssen’s close-range finish in the 78th minute regained the lead for Vitesse, only to see Zakaria Labyad level again for Utrecht.

Kashia, the centerback partner to American defender Matt Miazga rose highest and headed in the winner from a set piece situation. Miazga and Kashia led Vitesse in passing, with 54 completed passes apiece.

Miazga now has 41 appearances for Vitesse in all competitions this season.

The tie switches to Utrecht on Saturday, with the hosts holding the away goal tiebreaker.


  1. Listen people im not saying he can play for Chelsea but he is flourishing on his loan and has been Captain for VT, so I think he has a chance. The next manager might like his quality and give him a shot. Good luck to him

    • He may not be Chelsea material, but it looks likely that he’s good enough to play for a lesser EPL club. That’s good enough to make him valuable for our national team.

    • Chelsea have some vague requirent where youth players need like 150 senior games before featuring for the first team. Really wish they’d give more young players chances. Maybe they care about playing for the shirt. I’d expect them to loan him out again next year to a Bundesliga team or lower level premier league team.


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