Comeback ends in anti-climax

A goal deep into time added on left Feyenoord with nothing to show for their fighting comeback at Utrecht on Sunday afternoon. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team had clawed themselves level after going two down, but Timo Letschert won it for the hosts on 94 minutes.

FC Utrecht proved strong opponents for Feyenoord in the first match after the international break. Joint fifth in the Eredivisie ahead of the match, coach Dick Advocaat’s side were looking to push the teams just ahead of them in the table, while Feyenoord were looking to increase their lead on the chasers.

The match got underway after an impressive tribute to the victims of the 10 March Utrecht tram drama. Feyenoord started well, but were unable to force the breakthrough and the opener was ultimately claimed by the hosts. Urby Emanuelson smashed a free kick into the net after half an hour.

The home side doubled their lead after the break, with Sander van de Streek scoring with a tap in on the hour. But Feyenoord regrouped and showed plenty of resilience in getting a goal back within five minutes. Substitute Steven Berghuis put pressure on the hosts with his first touch and a mistake brought the ball to the feet of Sam Larsson. The Swede found the top corner with his shot.

Feyenoor got themselves level on 75 minutes. Home keeper David Jensen got a fist to a Tonny Vilhena shot, but it went straight to Robin van Persie, who headed it in. Feyenoord wanted more than a point, though, and immediately turned up the heat. That continued with the introduction of Yassin Ayoub and Orkun Kökcü off the bench.

The all-important fifth goal of the afternoon would come at the other end, however. The game was deep into injury time when Timo Letschert headed in to win it for the hosts. The last-minute loss means that Feyenoord are now three points behind third placed AZ.

Feyenoord v sc Heerenveen
The Eredivisie returns to De Kuip on Thursday, when sc Heerenveen provide the opposition (kick-off 20:45 CET).

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