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Feyenoord handed PSV their first defeat of the Eredivisie season on Sunday. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side beat the league leaders and reigning champions 2-1 at a rocking De Kuip through goals by Nicolai Jørgensen and Sam Larsson.
At Friday afternoon’s press conference ahead of the match, Van Bronckhorst said he was hoping for an ‘old-fashioned De Kuip afternoon’ against PSV. The Feyenoord home coach certainly got that, as players and supporters all played their part. With strong backing from the fans in the jam-packed stands, Feyenoord started enthusiastically against the unbeaten Eredivisie leaders, giving PSV little time to get a feel for the ball.
An intense opening effort from the hosts put them in control, creating early chances for Jeremiah St. Juste, back from suspension, Steven Berghuis and Tonny Vilhena. PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet was up to the challenge on those occasions. But with the clock ticking towards the half-hour mark Nicolai Jørgensen got the breakthrough.
The Danish striker was given a deep ball to run on to, letting rip from the edge of the penalty area. The ball flew in off the inside of the post to give Feyenoord a deserved lead. And within five minutes, Feyenoord had doubled their lead.
St. Juste won the ball off PSV captain Luuk de Jong in midfield and played it to Sam Larsson. The Swede set out to match his Scandinavian colleague Jørgensen with a drive from the just outside the box. The ball flew in to the top left-hand corner to give Samba Sam his goal and put Feyenoord 2-0 up.
Feyenoord continued to look for more goals, but suffered a setback when Jørgensen had to go off injured. Dylan Vente came on to replace him and the hosts cracked on after the break in their quest for a third goal. But when the goal did come, it came at the other end through Steven Bergwijn.
The speedy striker slid the ball through the legs of Feyenoord keeper Justin Bijlow on 73 minutes to bring the league leaders back within a goal of the hosts. Jordy Clasie was already off the pitch by then, going off after a knock on the head left him dazed. But with Yassin Ayoub on in his stead, Feyenoord managed to keep PSV at bay and claim all three points.
PSV a little closer
The victory means that Feyenoord remain in third place with 29 points, six ahead of fourth-placed Heracles Almelo. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are now 10 points behind PSV with a game in hand. That game is scheduled for Thursday when VVV-Venlo come to De Kuip for the rearranged match that was postponed last month due to a power failure.