Feyenoord suffered a third successive league defeat in Eindhoven Sunday. The Rotterdammers were in no way inferior to the hosts for large parts of the game, but Ibrahim Afellay shot PSV to victory in the late stages. The match marked the return to first-team action of Diego Biseswar and Michael Mols, who both came off the bench in the second half. Conversely, Henk Timmer was forced out of the fixture before it started, twisting an ankle in the warm-up. Rob van Dijk took his place between the sticks.

The reserve keeper produced a number of good saves in the first half. For instance, on 15 minutes, when he kept out Otman Bakkal’s close range header. Ten minutes later he managed to get to the ball just ahead of the dangerous Bakkal.

Together with a Dirk Marcellis header midway through the half, which hit the bar, those were the hosts’ most dangerous moments of the 45. The meager showing was largely down to PSV’s untidy passing and ragged finishing.

Feyenoord were able to take advantage of the PSV’s poor ball retention from time to time to generate some panic among the home defenders. The visitor’s best move of the half came ten minutes before the break. Theo Lucius played a glorious long pass to Leroy Fer, who let rip immediately. Unfortunately the effort was off target.

By then Roy Makaay had gone mighty close to putting Feyenoord ahead, racing on to a Timothy Derijck pass to slip the ball past oncoming keeper Andreas Isaksson. Makaay was stretching for the ball however and did not make the best contact, allowing Marcellis to clear before it went over the line.

Feyenoord seemed to be in their comfort zone as half time approached, but PSV almost got themselves ahead before the half closed out after all. Balasz Dzsudzsak beat Van Dijk from close in, but the goal was ruled out after the referee spotted a foul by Dzsudzsak on Dwight Tiendalli in the build-up.

There was increasingly space to be had as the second half progressed and both sides created more chances. PSV looked to threaten most down the wings, but Timothy Derijck in particular took up good positions time and again to defuse the danger.

At the other end, Feyenoord posed most danger on the counter. For instance on the hour, when Georginio Wijnaldum got hold of the ball on the left, but his shot missed the target.

With twenty minutes remaining Diego Biseswar replaced Wijnaldum and the forward immediately had a great chance to edge Feyenoord ahead. Makaay played him free in front of the keeper with a clever through-ball, but Biseswar miscontrolled and the opportunity was gone.

Feyenoord were having no luck with the final ball, something they had in common with PSV until the 78th minute. Tiendalli appeared to have cleared a cross from the right, but the ball fell to Ibrahim Afellay, who rattled it back with interest, beating Van Dijk from distance to give the home side the upper hand.

Gertjan Verbeek’s response was to bring on Andwélé Slory and Michael Mols, but neither sub had the desired impact. Slory had a half chance with five minutes left, when Lucius seemed to have played him in, but Jeremie Brechet got his head in the way.

PSV – Feyenoord 1-0
78’ 1-0 Afellay

Referee: Braamhaar

Bookings: Tiendalli, El Ahmadi, Bruins, Lucius, Bahia

PSV: Isaksson; Culina, Marcellis, Bréchet, Pieters; Afellay, Simons, Bakkal; Dzsudzsak (62’ Koevermans), Lazovic (88’ Zonneveld) and Amrabat (90’ Kromkamp).
Feyenoord: Van Dijk; Tiendalli, Derijck (79’ Slory), Bahia, Van Bronckhorst; Wijnaldum (70’ Biseswar), El Ahmadi, Fer, Lucius, Bruins (79’ Mols); Makaay.
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