Van Persie goal the difference against Heracles Almelo
Feyenoord recorded a third win of the season against Heracles Almelo on Sunday afternoon. The hosts took all the points in the Eredivisie fixture at De Kuip thanks to a goal from Robin van Persie, who started the match.
Feyenoord, with Bart Nieuwkoop, Kevin Diks, Jean-Paul Boëtius and Robin van Persie in the starting eleven, started brightly. Tonny Vilhena and Steven Berghuis both had goal efforts within the first three minutes. The midfielder forced a save out of Heracles keeper Bram Castro, while Berghuis shot into the side netting.
Heracles got themselves into the match after that, with Brandley Kuwas, Jamiro Monteiro, Robin Pröpper and Vincent Vermeij put through on home keeper Brad Jones. The Feyenoord number one foiled Kuwas on his own, while his defenders helped out by blocking the efforts by Monteiro, Pröpper and Vermeij.
The hosts pushed back before the break, with a long-distance drive from the boot of Vilhena and a header from Sven van Beek. The opening goal came 15 minutes into the second half though. Scorer was Van Persie, playing as an attacking midfielder, he gave Castro no chance with a crisp strike into the lower corner with his left foot. It was his second league goal for Feyenoord since his return to the club.
Heracles had gone close to opening the scoring themselves five minutes previously. Kristoffer Peterson punched in a drive from outside the box that rattled the bar. It was only after the goal from Van Persie, who was replaced by Jens Toornstra on 73 minutes and left the field to loud applause from the stands, that John Stegeman’s side started to find it hard to open up the Feyenoord defence.
Feyenoord looked to wrap up the three points in the final stages, with Nicolai Jørgensen going closest. The Danish striker came into possession from a low Berghuis cross, but Castro denied him. Substitute Paul Gladon went close for the visitors in the final stages, but failed to find the target with his effort. That all meant that the tension remained until the final whistle, but after 94 minutes referee Janssen decided he had seen enough and Feyenoord took the honours against Heracles for the third time this season, after previous league and cup wins.