Feyenoord’s found it tough going in the opening period, but the match’s complexion changed ten minutes into the second hal when. Nicolai Jørgensen scrambled the ball over the line to level. The 1280 visiting supporters understood the importance of the strike after their side had failed to make any impression before the break.
Feyenoord were suddenly playing their regular game, high tempo with lots of positional switching. Eric Botteghin and Dirk Kuyt both had chances before the equaliser, but when it did come it gave the visitors a lot of confidence.
It meant that birthday boy Brad Jones was a spectator for the early part of the second half after a much more eventful first period. Jones had actually kept Feyenoord in the match, denying Pelle van Amersfoort twice and saving well from Lucas Bijker.
But he had no chance on 19 minutes when Reza Ghoochannejhad converted a penalty after being brought down by Miquel Nelom. It was not the only time the visitors needed a foul to stay in the match. Heerenveen were finding the free man often and were a threat on the break, which resulted in yellows for Nelom but also Jens Toornstra and Steven Berghuis.
Feyenoord were unable to get a single shot on target in that first half but that changed in the second 45. Not long after the leveller Vilhena forced a save from Mulder, while Botteghin was also thwarted by the former Feyenoord keeper.
Mulder was beaten again with 20 minutes left though. Vilhena ‘sshot went in the far corner to give the visitors the lead. It was as much as Vilhena deserved after an impressive performance.
The points were never safe, though, as Heerenveen brought on Henk Veerman and tried to force the issue. Jones kept his side ahead with some solid keeping, however, as Feyenoord secured the three points to back up their title credentials ahead of the international break.