Missed chances haunt Feyenoord in The Hague
Feyenoord dominated possession and territory against ADO Den Haag on Sunday, but had to do with a point in a 2-2 draw at the Kyocera Stadium. After an early goal by Nicolai Jørgensen the visitors were unable to extend their lead and the hosts scored twice to lead. Karim El Ahmadi eventually earned a draw for the champions, but the overriding emotion at the full whistle was disappointment. Feyenoord have now failed to win in four Eredivisie matches.
The early lead in The Hague was the third in recent matches, after similar starts in Kerkrade and Kharkov. There were four minutes on the clock when Nicolai Jørgensen headed in a perfectly weighted cross from Bart Nieuwkoop. It was the Dane’s first goal on an artificial surface.
Unlike the previous two times, Feyenoord did not immediately surrender their early advantage, which seemed to give Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side confidence. The visitors protected their lead with relative ease, helped by ADO, who allowed Feyenoord to pass it around in midfield and were less inclined than had been suggested before the match to turn the match into a slug-fest.
Feyenoord were unable to convert their dominance into goals, though, despite two nailed-on chances before the break. Midway through the first half Nieuwkoop and Berghuis showed how dangerous they could be together down the right, but this time Jørgensen could not supply the finish to the defender’s cross.
Then, just before half time, the chance fell to Berghuis after a fine piece of skill by Sam Larsson and a pass from Jørgensen. The striker, recently called up to the Dutch national team, chose the far corner, but shot wide. The near post has probably been a better choice.
The misses would come back to haunt Feyenoord, Within ten minutes of the restart the hosts had claimed a 2-1 lead. The equaliser came straight after the Berghuis chance at the end of the opening 45. A free kick quickly taken put Feyenoord under pressure and the visitors were unable to clear. Aaron Meijers took full advantages, rattling a hard shot into the top corner.
The turnaround was complete ten minutes after the break. Brad Jones got in a mix up at a corner and Wilfried Kanon headed in. The one bright spot for Feyenoord was that there was still plenty of time to regain the initiative. Good chances followed for Karim El Ahmadi and Berghuis, but neither was converted.
The leveller finally came with four minutes left. El Ahmadi pushed up well on the right, beating keeper Robert Zwinkels with a shot to the near post. In injury time Feyenoord almost snatched all the points, but Berghuis squandered two huge opportunities to secure Feyenoord’s first win since 1 October.