Feyenoord suffered a two-goal defeat at championship rivals PSV Sunday that all but ends the Rotterdam outfit’s title aspirations this season. PSV’s Yugoslav striker Kezman bagged a brace as the Eindhoven side leapfrogged Feyenoord to claim second spot in the Eredivisie with four games left. While most wondered how Feyenoord would react after Thursday’s semifinal sweat against Inter, it was an iffy referee’s decision that ultimately cost them the game.

Leonardo was the only unusual face in Van Marwijk’s starting eleven. He replaced Van Persie, who cried off with a groin strain while Rzasa returned in the place of Aros on the left. PSV started a little edgily and the Rotterdammers were given a lot of room in the opening minutes. Jon Dahl Tomasson almost profited immediately when he thundered a Leonardo cross against the post after five minutes. That set the tone for the first twenty minutes, when Feyenoord dominated, but were unable to cash in with goals. A quarter of the match had gone by before PSV started to get going. Van Bommel latched onto a Rommedahl pass and navigated his way around Zoetebier only to see ex-PSV man Paauwe clear from the line. Within sixty seconds Zoetebier had punched away a dangerous effort from Ooijer. Feyenoord continued to hog the ball, but chances were sparse, although Shinji Ono did have a couple of goes from distance. Just ahead of the break however, it was the Eindhoven side that grabbed the opener. PSV broke swiftly and Vennegoor of Hesselink fed Kezman, who rounded Zoetebier and slotted the ball into the net to give the home side the upper hand at halftime. Elmander replaced Kalou at the start of the second half, but it was his Scandinavian buddy Tomasson who had a great opportunity to level soon after the restart. Nikiforov gave the ball away to Leonardo and the Brazillian put the Dane through with a delightful pass, but Tomasson’s shot grazed past the post. Leonardo began to show just how much progress he’s made recently as he started to trouble Bøgelund more and more. Indeed, just ahead of the hour mark he found Van Hooijdonk with a perfect cross from the left, only to see Feyenoord’s topscorer shoot wide of the target. In the last half hour Tomasson went close as did Leonardo, but it was PSV who wrapped up the game with a second goal for Kezman. Referee Wegereef was made to look a fool by Van Bommel who fell to the ground like a shot horse after an everyday shoulder charge from Paauwe. The Feyenoorders pleaded with the man in the middle to show them the rule forbidding shoulder charges but to no avail. Zoetebier proceeded to save Kezman’s penalty, but could only push the ball back into the path of the Yugoslav, who greedily gobbled up the chance to double the home side’s lead. The game wasn’t officially over of course, but it was clear that the decision had taken up Feyenoord’s last energy reserves and both sides seemed happy to go through the motions and the game ended in costly defeat for the UEFA Cup finalists. PSV-Feyenoord 2-0 (1-0) 45’ 1-0 Kezman 68’ 2-0 Kezman (pen.) PSV: Waterreus; Bøgelund, Nikiforov, Hofland, Bouma; Rommedahl (90’ Lucius), Van Bommel, Ooijer, Ramzi; Vennegoor of Hesselink (78’De Jong), Kezman. Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou (46’ Elmander), Bosvelt, Ono, Leonardo; Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk Referee: J. Wegereef Yellow cards: Nikiforov, Kezman, Bosvelt, Van Bommel, Lucius

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