Feyenoord close in on third place

Feyenoord claimed a 2-1 victory against AZ at De Kuip on Saturday evening. The win extends third-placed Feyenoord’s lead over the Alkmaar outfit to seven points with three matches to play. The goals came from Tyrell Malacia and Robin van Persie.

AZ ideally needed to leave with a win to keep the pressure on and they played a high pressing game that caused the hosts problems. It generated some chances for the visitors, with Mats Seuntjens going close early on. But when a second chance came the striker’s way, he was bang on target.

Adam Maher got away from marker Tonny Vilhena and whipped in a dangerous cross. Eric Botteghin was unable to make up the space and the ball hit Seuntjens on the thigh and flew in. The lead would stand until the sixth minute of the second half.

Feyenoord returned after the break with far more energy, creating a string of chances, mainly down the right wing. The equaliser came from one of these opportunities. Tonny Vilhena put in a high cross that cleared a few heads to land at the feet of Tyrell Malacia. He smashed a shot into the right-hand corner. AZ keeper Marco Bizot was well beaten.

With their tails up Feyenoord pushed for the winner. It would come from the boot of Robin van Persie. A low cross from Jeremiah St. Juste, on for the injured Cuco Martina, was tapped in by the captain to claim goal number 16 of the season for himself and all three points on the evening.

What’s next for Feyenoord
The win leaves Feyenoord third in the Eredivisie with a seven-point cushion over AZ. Next up is a visit to NAC Breda on Wednesday. The next home match is against ADO Den Haag on Sunday 12 May, which is sold out (check Ticket Exchange). The season will wrap up with an away fixture at Fortuna Sittard on Wednesday 15 May.

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