Coach Koeman confirmed in the run-up to the game that confidence was high in the squad. Two sold home wins in recent weeks meant that Feyenoord travelled to Alkmaar joint fourth in the table. The Rotterdammers certainly showed a great deal of poise in the early stages, controlling much of the first half, while AZ found it hard to get a foothold.
The visitors did need a bit of time to grow into the match. The stormy conditions in Alkmaar seemed to give Feyenoord more problems than their hosts early doors. It resulted in a good chance for AZ when Altidore controlled a long ball and drilled past Lamprou. The striker had used his hands, however, so the goal did not stand.
It was to be AZ’s only chance of the half. Jordy Clasie and Tonny Vilhena gradually got a grip of midfield as Feyenoord turned the screw. Vilhena might have capped an impressive performance with a goal, when Pellè played him in. It was a nailed-on chance for the midfielder, but his drive was straight at keeper Esteban.
Feyenoord continued to dominate after the break, and looked more of a threat up front, with some very good passing moves from time to time. The visitors’ final pass was letting them down, though when they did get a sight of goal Pellè and Schaken both failed to find the target.
That said, the lack of a breakthrough did not seem to weigh too heavily on Komen’s side. AZ found it hard to put anything together up front, which meant that the ball just kept coming back, so it just seemed like a matter of time before Feyenoord would take the lead.
The opener came midway through the second half. After a fine move down the left wing Pellè played the ball back to Vilhena, who rattled in a hard shot with his right. It was no more than Feyenoord deserved.
The goal did not affect the visitors’ concentration, either, as AZ continued to look ineffective going forward. With the hosts unable to force the equaliser it was left to Feyenoord to provide the goal action. They did so with two minutes left on the clock; a fine individual goal from Schaken, who hit the target from just outside the box.
By then the home side were down to ten men, after defender Dirk Marcellis was shown a red card for a bad foul on Boëtius. AZ – Feyenoord 0-2
67’ 0-1 Vilhena
88’ 0-2 Schaken Referee:
Berghuis, Maher, Viergever (AZ), Mathijsen (Feyenoord) Red:
Marcellis (AZ) Teams:
Esteban; Marcellis, Reijnen, Viergever, Gorter; Henriksen, Maher, Berghuis (78’ Ortiz); Beerens (78’ Rosheuvel), Altidore, Gudmundsson (70’ Falkenburg).Feyenoord:
Lamprou; Janmaat, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi; Clasie, Immers, Vilhena; Schaken, Pellè, Boëtius (87’ Verhoek).