Nine-man Feyenoord go down to defeat in Arnhem
Feyenoord failed in their bid to make it three wins out of three against Vitesse this season on Sunday in Arnhem. The hosts were too strong for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side at the GelreDome. The visitors’ hopes were not helped by two straight red cards for Bilal Basaçikoglu and Tyrell Malacia.
Feyenoord took the lead on 22 minutes with their first shot on target. An excellent attack that exploited the full width of the pitch ended with Steven Berghuis playing the ball into Bilal Basaçikoglu. The left winger – starting instead of the injured Sam Larsson – passed it on to Tonny Vilhena, who netted. It was the midfielder’s seventh Eredivisie goal of the season, a personal record.
Vitesse took some time to respond, although they had threatened early on. Mason Mount tried a long-distance punt, but it ended well wide of Brad Jones’s goal. Matt Miazga went closer just before the half-hour mark, getting his head to a corner, only to see it hit the bar.
Vitesse captain Guram Kashia had a better sense of direction on 43 minutes. The central defender headed the ball into the left corner of the goal from another corner to level.
By that time Feyenoord had been playing with Tyrell Malacia at left back for a while. Ridgeciano Haps was forced off on a stretcher on 16 minutes after a kick in the head from Thomas Bruns, who was shown a yellow card for his troubles. Not long after the break right back Jeremiah St. Juste went down with an injury to his right arm. Bart Nieuwkoop replaced him as Feyenoord found it hard to break out under pressure from Vitesse in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
That resulted in a chance for Bryan Linssen and another for Miazga, who both tested Jones with headers. The Australian keeper was up to the challenge on both occasions.
But after a straight red card for Basaçikoglu after sliding challenge on Thulani Serero on 65 minutes, Jones soon found himself picking the ball out of the net. Just two minutes later, Linssen headed in a Roy Beerens cross from close in to make it 2-1. Five minutes later Linssen hit the bar as the hosts continued to exploit their numerical advantage.
With Robin van Persie on for Jens Toornstra with a good 10 minutes left on the clock Feyenoord went in search of an equaliser, but a second red card left the visitors with a mountain to climb. Tyrell Malacia was ruled to be the last man when bringing down his man and referee Higler sent him on his way.
With nine on the pitch Feyenoord almost found an unlikely leveller, but Sven van Beek missed the ball just a few yards out. Five minutes before the end, Linssen made it 3-1, leaving Feyenoord to rue an unhappy afternoon.