Feyenoord smash and grab in Enschede
Feyenoord extended their winning run in the Eredivisie to seven matches at FC Twente on Sunday. Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrated his 42nd birthday with a hard-fought victory, with two late goals proving enough. Eric Botteghin and Nicolai Jørgensen scored the goals that keep Feyenoord five points ahead of second-placed Ajax.
It was soon clear that there would be no goal fest at De Grolsch Veste as the hosts were happy to camp in their own half and let Feyenoord take the initiative. The visitors lacked the speed and creativity to trouble FC Twente, however. And when they did get the ball neither Steven Berghuis nor Eljero Elia, who Giovanni van Bronckhorst felt had an important role to play, were able to get past their man regularly.
The two wingers did cause some problems with their crosses before the break. First Berghuis found Eric Botteghin, whose effort was saved by keeper Nick Marsman. Then Dirk Kuyt had one cleared off the line from an Elia cross.
Feyenoord had to watch for the hosts fast breaks, exacerbated by the visitors’ bad habit of leaving too much space between the lines. Feyenoord's offside trap foiled a couple of promising moves, but Dylan Seys had the biggest chance of the first half on 27 minutes. Terence Kongolo got his body in the way to prevent FC Twente from taking the lead.
It seemed to give the home side more confidence, which brought them out of their shell more. The biggest threat came courtesy of Mateusz Klich, who shot over the bar.
With Jens Toornstra on for Kuyt Feyenoord regained the upper hand in the final half an hour. Twente withdrew towards their own goal as the visitors tried everything to break them down. They had little penetration to begin with, but Elia finally skinned his man with fifteen left on the clock and he set up Botteghin to net with his left foot from close in.
Enes Ünal went close to equalising before Feyenoord doubled their lead in the final three minutes. Nicolai Jørgensen, almost invisible until then, caught out Marsman with a shot in the near corner to put the result beyond doubt.