Sunday 23 September at 12:15 hour - De Kuip, Rotterdam

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Feyenoord

1-0

FC Utrecht

Feyenoord deserved winners against FC Utrecht

Feyenoord earned three important points against FC Utrecht on Sunday afternoon. The hosts were the dominant force in the game, but had to wait until the final three minutes for the breakthrough. Captain Robin van Persie scored the goal with a header from a Jeremiah St. Juste cross.

Feyenoord deserved winners against FC Utrecht

Seven attempts from Van Persie
The win was fully deserved. The hosts had 64% possession on a rainy afternoon and made many more chances than the visitors. Van Persie was the main threat before the break, with seven attempts on goal. Some went over or wide, with keeper David Jensen also called upon to make saves. Steven Berghuis and Jordy Clasie tested the Utrecht keeper too.

FC Utrecht restart strongly
The visitors failed to create a single chance of note in the first 45 minutes, but that changed after the turnaround. Eric Botteghin had to clear a ball off the line and was relieved to see Overeem spurn the chance to shoot, playing the ball sideways instead.

Jørgensen dangerous
On the hour Giovanni van Bronckhorst brought on striker Nicolai Jørgensen for Jens Toornstra. The Dane had a great chance to break the deadlock 15 minutes  from time. Van Persie served it up, but Jørgensen headed wide. When a hard drive from Sam Larsson was fisted away by Jensen it began to look as though it wasn’t Feyenoord’s day.

Belief in goal rewarded
Feyenoord continued to believe, though, and their patience was reward with three minutes left. Berghuis played a cute back-heel to Jeremiah St. Juste, whose measured cross was headed into the left-hand corner by Van Persie.

Third place
That delivered a further three points for Feyenoord to keep them in third ahead of Heracles Almelo and behind Ajax and PSV. Next up for Feyenoord is an away tie in the KNVB Cup on Thursday against VV Gemert.

Feyenoord - FC Utrecht
1-0

Officials

Referee:
Dennis Higler
Assistent referee:
Richard Polman
Assistent referee:
Patrick Langkamp
Fourth official:
Siemen Mulder

Field line up

22
Justin Bijlow
4
Jeremiah St. Juste
33
Eric Botteghin
6
Jan-Arie van der Heijden
15
Tyrell Malacia
`70
8
Jordy Clasie
28
Jens Toornstra
`62
10
Tonny Trindade de Vilhena
19
Steven Berghuis
32
Robin van Persie
`88 `87
11
Sam Larsson

1
David Jensen
17
Sean Klaiber
15
Timo Letschert
14
Willem Janssen
5
Leon Guwara
8
Joris van Overeem
10
Simon Gustafson
24
Nicolas Gavory
`88
7
Gyrano Kerk
11
Cyriel Dessers
`71
21
Oussama Tannane

Bench line up

1
Kenneth Vermeer
9
Nicolai Jørgensen
`62
18
Yassin Ayoub
13
Joris Delle
3
Sven van Beek
2
Bart Nieuwkoop
20
Renato Tapia
`88
29
Calvin Verdonk
34
Dylan Vente
27
Mo El Hankouri
17
Luis Sinisterra

2
Mark van der Maarel
13
Emil Bergström
33
Christopher Emanuel Mamengi
29
Nick Venema
`71
27
Lukas Görtler
`88
41
Maarten Paes
26
Othman Boussaid
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