Feyenoord score four to end run
Feyenoord grabbed a 4-3 win at the MAC3PARK Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side ended a miserable run of five away matches without a victory in the Eredivisie with their first away success against PEC Zwolle since 2003.
Van Persie was fit enough to make the starting eleven after spending all of the 2-1 win against AZ on the bench with the aftereffects of a toe infection. The experienced forward, playing in an attacking midfielder role, was clearly hungry for action, as he opened the scoring within ten minutes.
After a fine move involving Jean-Paul Boëtius and Steven Berghuis, Van Persie was perfectly placed right in front of goal on the edge of the box to score. It was Van Persie’s first Eredivisie goal on an artificial surface and a tenth assist of the season for Berghuis.
Cool-headed Van Persie
The former international doubled his tally five minutes later. This time the pass came straight from Boëtius, who robbed Ryan Thomas after a poor ball from Sepp van den Berg. Boëtius beat Van den Berg and laid it off to Van Persie, who netted his fourth of the season with his left foot.
Feyenoord could not have wished for a better start in from of 500 travelling fans. That said, the hosts could have had an equaliser a minute before. Youness Mokhtar pounced after a misunderstanding between Karim El Ahmadi and keeper Brad Jones, but his lob cleared the bar.
It was to be the only sniff PEC Zwolle were to get in the first half. Feyenoord were in full control of the match after Van Persie’s double strike. The hosts only really started to make a fist of it after the break, but, even then, it was Karim El Ahmadi who claimed the next goal.
The skipper launched one from distance, beating PEC keeper Diederik Boer with what looked like a stoppable drive to make it 3-0 on 52 minutes. It was El Ahmadi’s second Eredivisie goal of the season.
Zwolle hit back
The hosts replied a minute later. The ball came to Mustafa Saymak after a sweet move and he smashed it into the bottom left-hand corner to beat Jones. The goal gave FC Zwolle a lift and coach John van’t Schip’s side created a number of chances. The biggest fell to Thomas after 70 minutes, but Jones was alert to the danger.
Feyenoord were suddenly on the back foot, but the visitors did manage to grab the all-important next goal. With 79 minutes on the clock Tonny Vilhena headed in Feyenoord’s fourth of the afternoon, and his ninth of the season, with Berghuis claiming yet another assist.
It was left to substitute Piotr Parzyszek to introduce tension back into the match. He converted a penalty on 85 minutes after a minor infraction by Boëtius to make it 4-2. And three minutes later he netted again to reduce Feyenoord’s lead to a single goal.
Happily the visitors managed to navigate the remaining seven minutes of time added on to secure an important three points.