Feyenoord earn vital win in Arnhem
Feyenoord cleared another big hurdle In the race for the title on Sunday, with a 2-0 win at Vitesse. Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst were well worth the victory, with both goals coming in the first half an hour through Nicolai Jørgensen. It leaves Feyenoord four points clear at the top after Ajax lost at PSV.
‘We have learned from preceding away matches,’ said Jan-Arie van der Heijden ahead of the fixture at Vitesse. The defender’s words were clearly meant, as shown by Feyenoord's start at the GelreDome. The visitors looked fresh and hungry in contrast to the previous four away matches against Sparta, sc Heerenveen, Ajax and PEC Zwolle, when they fell behind early on.
The opener by Nicolai Jørgensen after ten minutes was well deserved as Feyenoord started strongly. The league’s leading marksman was in the right place when Vitesse keeper Eloy Room was unable to hold on to Jens Toornstra’s cross. The Dane swept home from yards out to notch his twentieth of the season.
Jørgensen had a second within the half hour. The visitors applied good pressure through Karim El Ahmadi, before Jørgensen played it to Jens Toornstra. He put in the perfect cross for the Dane, who nodded in. The ball was over the line before Room tried to clear, but Steven Berghuis netted again to make sure.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst would not have been completely satisfied with the two-goal lead at the break, as Feyenoord could have been even further ahead. The league leaders were given a lot of space by the hosts, but failed to convert their chances. Steven Berghuis hit the bar and the keeper, while Bart Nieuwkoop was foiled by Room after a good move involving Jørgensen.
Feyenoord were less precise after the break. The visitors found it harder to keep hold of the ball, although they were rarely under threat. The hosts were simply unable to create anything of note, not least because Feyenoord immediately put pressure on the ball. As a consequence, Brad Jones was only sporadically called into action.
As the clock ticked down Vitesse lost all hope of rescuing anything from the contest and Feyenoord played out the game with a certain degree of ease.
It all means that Feyenoord lead Ajax by four points with six to play for and could win the title in the next league game at Excelsior on 7 May.