Feyenoord deserved winners against FC Utrecht
Feyenoord earned three important points against FC Utrecht on Sunday afternoon. The hosts were the dominant force in the game, but had to wait until the final three minutes for the breakthrough. Captain Robin van Persie scored the goal with a header from a Jeremiah St. Juste cross.
Seven attempts from Van Persie
The win was fully deserved. The hosts had 64% possession on a rainy afternoon and made many more chances than the visitors. Van Persie was the main threat before the break, with seven attempts on goal. Some went over or wide, with keeper David Jensen also called upon to make saves. Steven Berghuis and Jordy Clasie tested the Utrecht keeper too.
FC Utrecht restart strongly
The visitors failed to create a single chance of note in the first 45 minutes, but that changed after the turnaround. Eric Botteghin had to clear a ball off the line and was relieved to see Overeem spurn the chance to shoot, playing the ball sideways instead.
On the hour Giovanni van Bronckhorst brought on striker Nicolai Jørgensen for Jens Toornstra. The Dane had a great chance to break the deadlock 15 minutes from time. Van Persie served it up, but Jørgensen headed wide. When a hard drive from Sam Larsson was fisted away by Jensen it began to look as though it wasn’t Feyenoord’s day.
Belief in goal rewarded
Feyenoord continued to believe, though, and their patience was reward with three minutes left. Berghuis played a cute back-heel to Jeremiah St. Juste, whose measured cross was headed into the left-hand corner by Van Persie.
That delivered a further three points for Feyenoord to keep them in third ahead of Heracles Almelo and behind Ajax and PSV. Next up for Feyenoord is an away tie in the KNVB Cup on Thursday against VV Gemert.