The 61st Klassieker in Amsterdam could not have started worse for Feyenoord. Brad Jones was beaten in the first minute as the hosts grabbed the early initiative. Lasse Schöne’s searing free kick went in off the underside of the bar with the keeper well beaten.
The goal failed to bring Feyenoord to life. The visitors, who began with Bart Nieuwkoop in midfield instead of the suspended Tonny Vilhena, were second best over virtually the whole park against a home side that were clearly up for it. The second goal on 36 minutes was symptomatic. Hakim Ziyech had plenty of time to cross and David Neres had plenty of space to nod in.
By that time Feyenoord were already without Nicolai Jørgensen, who was forced off with an injury after just ten minutes. His replacement was Michiel Kramer. The new man found himself cut off throughout the half as the visitors failed to create a single chance of note in the Arena. Jens Toornstra did go close, but his free kick effort was saved by Andre Onana.
The Ajax keeper had a little bit more to do after the break. Renato Tapia was on in midfield, replacing Rick Karsdorp, with Nieuwkoop switching to right back. It gave Feyenoord a bit more of a toehold in the match, although they remained impotent in attack. The hosts were much more of a threat. Jones was forced to dive to save Bertrand Traoré’s close-range header with twenty minutes left and he was called upon to foil the home striker again not long after.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst brought on Gustavo Hamer for Nieuwkoop with not long to go, giving him his first-team debut. In the end, though, the Feyenoord coach would have been happy just not to concede any more goals.
In fact, it was the visitors who grabbed the third goal of the afternoon. The match was already into stoppage time when Kramer netted with a fine drive from outside the penalty box.
The goal did at least swing the two sides’ goal difference back in Feyenoord's favour. Van Bronckhorst’s side have a ten-goal advantage over Ajax in addition to that three-point lead. That will surely keep Feyenoord buoyed ahead of the next challenge, a home fixture against Go Ahead Eagles on Wednesday.