Feyenoord earn important three points against Vitesse
Feyenoord claimed a significant win on Saturday evening at home to Vitesse. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side won 1-0 through an early goal by Nicolai Jørgensen, climbing about the Arnhem outfit and FC Utrecht into fifth place in the Eredivisie.
With the temperature hovering around zero in Rotterdam, the home crowd were delighted to be warmed up by their team from the kick off. The hosts started brightly and looked to force an early breakthrough, mostly down the left, where Sam Larsson and Miquel Nelom (who was in for the injured Ridgeciano Haps) hooked up well. Nicolai Jørgensen had already threatened the Vitesse goal with a fine shot by the time he gave Feyenoord the lead on nine minutes.
The strike featured some excellent build-up play, with Sofyan Amrabat at the centre of things. After a fine combination with Steven Berghuis the midfielder just beat keeper Remko Pasveer to the ball, setting up Jørgensen with an easy tap-in. The Dane duly netted to become the first Feyenoord player since Colin Kazim-Richards in December 2014 to score in four consecutive Eredivisie matches in the same season.
The game flowed from end to end, with Vitesse posing a strong threat on occasions, but the best opportunities were clearly for Feyenoord. Sam Larsson, Berghuis and Tonny Vilhena all spurned chances to double the hosts’ lead in the same attack, while Larsson saw a shot saved by Pasveer not long after. By then Brad Jones had been called into action for the first time. Tim Matavz tested the Australian keeper with a hard shot.
The sides found it harder to create any nailed-on chances in the second half, which meant the match remained on a knife edge. Feyenoord were defensively sound, though, and Vitesse rarely threatened to overturn the hosts slender lead. In the end, then, Feyenoord claimed their first home league win since 27 August, leapfrogging into the top five, while also cutting the gap to Ajax by two points, after the Amsterdammerss could only draw against FC Twente.