Feyenoord clocked up their first win of 2013 on Sunday at Willem II. Ronald Koeman’s side were too strong for the hosts in Tilburg, running out 1-3 winners. Two second-half goals from Tonny Vilhena wrapped up the victory after a converted spot kick from Virgil Misidjan had cancelled out Graziano Pellè’s early opener. The game also saw the return to action of John Goossens after months out due to injury.
Feyenoord travelled south to Tilburg still looking for their first league goal of the year, but they got it within ten minutes against the Eredivisie’s bottom-placed club. Wesley Verhoek played it into Pellè in the penalty area and the Italian turned away from his marker before shooting into the far corner of the net.
It was a just reward for Feyenoord, who had started well, making it difficult for their hosts to get a firm foothold in the game. When they had the ball Feyenoord showed promise, setting up some sweet passing moves that resulted in good chances for Boëtius and Pellè. The Italian had an especially fine opportunity to double his side’s lead, but he was unable to get the better of keeper David Meul in a one-on-one.
Unfortunately, the failure to add to the lead did not go unpunished. Feyenoord were warned just after the half-hour mark when Misidjan headed in only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul by Hans Mulder. It was a short reprieve, though. A little later, Bruno Martins Indi hauled down Aurélien Joachim in the box and Misidjan stepped up to strike home the resulting penalty. Bizarrely, referee Richard Liesveld yellow-carded Joris Mathijsen rather than Martins Indi.
The equaliser came seven minutes before the break and might have given the hosts renewed confidence at the beginning of the second half. But it was Feyenoord that came out with all guns blazing, notching up two goals within the first quarter of an hour, both of them courtesy of Vilhena, who was having a very good game.
Both came at the end of a great attacking move, but it was the first of the two that really caught the eye. Ruud Vormer and Jordy Clasie got the move rolling, before Vilhena played a one-two with Pellè. The midfielder controlled the spiralling return with aplomb, volleying the ball with his left inside the area to leave keeper Meul with no chance.
After the third – Vilhena received from Boëtius and let rip with his left again into the far corner – there was still over thirty minutes to play, but Feyenoord coasted out the game. Strong defensive work kept the hosts at arm’s length, which gave Koeman the chance to bring on John Goossens for his first run out for months in place of Verhoek.
Willem II – Feyenoord 1-3
10’ 0-1 Pellè
38’ 1-1 Misidjan
49’ 1-2 Vilhena
58’ 1-3 Vilhena
Willem II: Meul; Cornelisse, Haastrup, Peters, Jallo; Hofs (66’ Haemhouts), Vossebelt, Mulder; Misidjan (72’ Snijders), Joachim (75’ Guijt), Podevijn.
Feyenoord: Mulder; Janmaat, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi; Clasie, Vormer, Vilhena (90’ Singh); Verhoek (82’ Goossens), Pellè, Boëtius.