Feyenoord win Johan Cruijff Shield after shootout
Feyenoord won the Johan Cruijff Shield on Saturday evening, defeating Vitesse at De Kuip. The traditional season curtain-raiser between the champions and cup winners ended 1-1 after ninety minutes, but Feyenoord won the penalty shootout to lift the trophy. It’s the third time in the club’s history that Feyenoord have won the Johan Cruijff Shield.
Brad Jones was the hero of the spot kick series. The US keeper saved the first two attempts by Tim Matavz and Milot Rashica to put his side in the driving seat. Nicolai Jorgensen tucked away the decisive penalty, after Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Jean-Paul Boëtius and Jens Toornstra had all netted.
The hosts had started brightly in front of a packed house. The titleholders immediately put Vitesse on the back foot. Feyenoord’s midfielders – Karim El Ahmadi and Tonny Vilhena in particular – were quick to close down their opponents. Jens Toornstra looked to make space off the ball.
It didn’t take long for Feyenoord to make the breakthrough. Jean-Paul Boëtius beat his man on seven minutes before finding Toornstra in space. The Dutch international smashed his effort into the far corner.
The Legioen saw a familiar face alongside the new arrivals Kevin Diks, Ridgecanio Haps and Jean-Paul Boëtius, Steven Berghuis started his first match as a Feyenoord employee after converting his loan into a permanent transfer last Monday. Giovanni van Bronckhorst had no qualms about naming him in his first eleven, according to the coach before the match: ‘because he knows his teammates well’. He was proved right on fifteen minutes, when Berghuis played a big part in the attack that ended with Boëtius shooting over.
Feyenoord reined it in somewhat after the opening salvo, and Vitesse managed to get into the game. It almost resulted in an equaliser just before half time, when Bryan Linssen’s effort hit the underside of the bar. Fortunately, the ball bounced safely into the arms of Brad Jones.
The second half began with a jolt with referee Danny Makkelie the centre of attention. The man in the middle allowed play to continue after a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Tim Matavz. Feyenoord ultimately scored through Nicolai Jørgensen, but the referee ended up disallowing the goal for offside and awarding a penalty at the other end after studying the replay. Alexander Büttner slotted in the spot kick to a crescendo of whistles.
The goal hit Feyenoord hard, but both sides responded with fire. Berghuis and Diks were replaced by Bilal Basaçikoglu and Sofyan Amrabat as the champions hunted victory, but there would be no late winner, giving Jones the chance to shine in the penalty shootout.