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Uchebo's goal fails to lift Venlo



Michael Uchebo's goal for VVV-Venlo on Sunday could not help the modest Dutch side as they slumped to a 2-4 defeat to FC Utrecht.

Venlo got off to a dream start with Barry Maguire opening score on nine minutes.

Uchebo, who was the only Nigerian in the starting 11 of Venlo, doubled the lead for The Good Old on 20 minutes.

It was a pass from Marcel Meeuwis that freed up Uchebo, who picked his spot from 16 yards to give VVV-Venlo a shock two-goal lead at the Stadion Galgewaard in Utrecht.

But The Good Old's lead lasted just a quarter of an hour as FC Utrecht clawed their way back into the tie through goals from Dave Bulthuis and Frank Demouge to leave the score at 2-2 after the first 45 minutes.

Demouge scored his brace in the second half before Alexander Gerndt got the insurance goal for FC Utrecht with eight minutes to time.

There was still time for another Nigerian, Uche Nwofor, who has been linked with a switch to CSKA Moscow, to come off the bench with six minutes left.

Nwofor's contribution ended with the former Enugu Rangers' man getting a yellow card.

Venlo have now suffered 19 losses in the Dutch Eredivisie this season and are third from bottom with 25 points.

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