Feyenoord set up quarterfinal date with win
Feyenoord secured their place in the last eight of the KNVB Cup with a 3-1 win against Heracles Almelo on Thursday evening at De Kuip. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side took control with two early strikes from Steven Berghuis and Sven van Beek, with Berghuis adding a third five minutes from time.
Feyenoord overwhelmed Sparta in the opening stages of Sunday’s 7-0 away win and they began the last 16 tie at De Kuip in similar dynamic fashion. Slick passing led to an early chance for the hosts. It revolved around Dylan Vente. The 18-year-old striker, who started his second successive match, was smart enough to leave a Tonny Vilhena cross for Berghuis, who smashed in the first goal.
Two more good chances had fallen to Berghuis and Vilhena by the time the hosts doubled their lead on 16 minutes. Sven van Beek rose to nod into the far corner from a corner. It was the first goal courtesy of ‘Van Beek Airlines’ since his return to the first team.
The crowd might have felt that Feyenoord could cut loose for the second time in five days, but the third goal of the game came at the other end. Tim Breukers made it 2-1 with a tap in after a cross from the left Brad Jones with no chance. The Australian did make a vital save on the half-hour mark, though, denying Kristoffer Peterson with his feet to protect his side’s slender lead.
Feyenoord looked to restore their two-goal advantage early in the second half, but the match was 70 minutes old before the hosts unlocked the Heracles defence. Vente was put through on goal, but with only keeper Castro to beat, he slid his effort into the side netting. Not long after, Jens Toornstra saw a shot deflected off a defender to go wide.
The third home goal finally came five minutes from time. The video official advised the on-field referee Bas Nijhuis that Jean-Paul Boëtius had been fouled in the box and a penalty should be awarded. Berghuis stepped up to convert the spot kick and confirm Feyenoord’s place in the quarterfinal draw.