Nothing remarkable happened before the break. Two teams in relegation distress, with too few ideas and too many mistakes. The pace didn’t bode well either. The first opportunities came midway through the first half for PEC. The Limburg goalkeeper Yanick van Osch saw a Zwolle bet blocked right in front of him three times.
It was a wake-up call for the home team, which became more active. Zian Flemming, who is expected to score as long as top scorer Mats Seuntjens is injured, created a good chance but produced a weak roll that could pick up closing post Konstantinos Lamprou. The Greek was also in the right place with a header from Paul Gladon, who had a starting spot for the first time and should have taken care of 1-0.
After the restart, Darfalou left in a similar situation after letting the 0-1 light up on the scoreboard. He headed wide. The duel did not want to be high-quality, but it was exciting because of the unpredictability and the great importance. Charlison Benschop thought he would become the match winner for his own audience, but his goal was canceled due to offside.
On the other side, PEC first demonstrated great despondency (Darfalou tinkering) and then offensive action with a barrage of shots in a short period of time. They were always blocked. On a cross by Daishawn Redan from the back line, Darfalou headed the ball heavily, after all.