PEC invaller Reza worth gold again with historic hattrick against Willem II

PEC Zwolle has achieved a 3-1 win at Willem II, which started well in Tilburg but played 45 minutes with ten men. Reza Ghoochannejhad was the big man at PEC. The Iranian attacker entered halfway through the game and decided the duel within 12 minutes with a hat trick.

Willem II, which could have used the three points well, started the race with great diligent and arrived at 1-0 by Kwasi Wriedt. After a good preparatory work by Vangelis, the Ghanaian attacker shot in Pavlidis hard. For PEC, Mike van Duinen had a chance with a headball, who just sailed over the target.

Shortly before rest, Wriedt Van Duinen injured with an unfortunate action. The goalscorer got red because he hit the lower leg of Van Duinen hard when he wanted to shoot. Although it seemed unfortunate and unintentional, the VAR did not reverse the decision. Wriedt was no longer allowed to continue and Van Duinen did not come back, because he couldnt go further.

The fairy tale of Ghoochannejhad

With one less man, the Tilburgers were no longer in use. After the break, Ghoochannejhad, who scored four times for PEC on his 2019 debut, became a match winner with three goals. His third was a punishable kick.

Ghoochannejhad now scored eight times as a substitute for PEC in the Eredivisie. Only Stef Nijland (11) scored more frequently as a substitute for Zwolle in the competition. In addition, Reza is the first league player ever to make a hat trick twice as a substitute.

โ€œ The first half did not look like we would win, but the second half was a fairy tale. I am happy with the three points, and of course also for myself. Here you do it for strikerโ€, said Ghoochannejhad after the game.


William II ended up in even deeper trouble as a result of defeat. The Tilburgers are ten points in the penultimate place in the ranking. Only FC Emmen is even worse.

After the duel Pol Llonch, the Spaniard in Tilburg service, sat on the field for minutes disillusioned.

View the reaction of Willem II-trainer Adrie Koster: