Feyenoord were probably the better side in the first 45 minutes, yet found themselves behind. The hosts played aggressively to a clear plan and were tight at the back. Unfortunately for them, the league leaders displayed merciless efficiency, converting their only opportunity of the half.
It came after 34 minutes. And it ensued from a mistake from Jordie Clasie - who was otherwise having a strong game. Hunted down by two opponents, the midfielder was forced back deep into his own half before giving the ball away cheaply. PSV took full advantage and the ball was quickly played into Tim Matavz. The striker drew keeper Erwin Mulder before laying the ball off to Jeremain Lens for a tap in.
The goal came against the run of play as Feyenoord dominated, causing problems in the final third for the visitors. The game was not long started when Timothy Derijck felt he had no option but to haul down Jean-Paul Boëtius, who was haring towards goal. Midway through the half Lex Immers was within a whisker of opening the scoring, latching onto a Ruben Schaken cross.
Feyenoord showed their mettle after the break, pressing early on in search of parity. The equaliser arrived within two minutes, through Schaken, Clasie started the move, pinging a perfect ball for his team mate to chase. As Schaken ran towards goal Marcelo tried to rob the ball, but Schaken was having none of it, keeping his composure under pressure to shoot hard past Boy Waterman.
The leveller stoked the fire in Feyenoord's belly as, roared on by the full-house crowd, the hosts looked for more, showing that they knew exactly how important the game was and the passion and skill needed to win it.
The reward came on 68 minutes. Under pressure in their final third, PSV made a defensive pig's ear of clearing their lines from a Clasie corner. Joris Mathijsen passed to Pellè on the edge of the area and the Italian marksman showed his class with a left-footed shot on the turn that bulged the net. The stadium went ballistic.
Pellè's goal set up a pressure-cooker last twenty minutes in which Feyenoord failed to add to their lead to. The hosts created an array of chances in the final quarter of an hour, but were unable to convert any of them. What they did do was stay tight at the back to close out the game and collect all the spoils. Feyenoord – PSV 2-1
34’ 0-1 Lens
47’ 1-1 Schaken
68’ 2-1 Pellè Referee:
Nelom, Clasie, Mulder (Feyenoord), Derijck, Lens, Strootman (PSV) Teams:
Mulder; Janmaat, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi (30’ Nelom); Clasie, Immers, Vilhena; Schaken (87’ Verhoek), Pellè, Boëtius. PSV:
Waterman; Jørgensen, Derijck, Marcelo, Willems; Hiljemark (78’ Locadia), Wijnaldum, Strootman; Lens, Matavz (46’ Engelaar), Mertens.