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Feyenoord reduced the gap at the top end of the Eredivisie table with a win against VVV-Venlo at De Kuip on Thursday. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side won 4-1, their eighth straight home league victory of the season. Tonny Vilhena and Robin van Persie set the tone with goals in the first half, with Sam Larsson netting twice after the break.
Van Bronckhorst said he wanted to see the same intent from his team as they showed to beat PSV at the weekend. His side clearly took that message to heart, starting furiously with the aim of getting an early goal. Feyenoord dominated on home turf, but the visitors kept things tight at the back.
The opener came on 28 minutes when Tonny Vilhena took advantage of some poor control by a VVV defender to thread a shot through keeper Lars Unnerstall’s legs.
Five minutes later, Robin van Persie doubled the lead. The club captain scored with his right foot from the second ball at a corner. Ten minutes after the break Feyenoord were on easy street thanks to a typical Sam Larsson strike. The Swede switched inside with the ball at his feet before letting rip with his right foot to make it 3-0.
VVV-Venlo responded well and managed to get a goal back on 58 minutes. Tino Susic curled the ball into the top left-hand corner to reduce the lead to two. But with a quarter of an hour on the clock the hosts restored the three-goal cushion. It was a second for Samba Sam, who smashed home from a corner off Unnerstall’s arm.
The victory moves Feyenoord to 32 points from 14 matches. Next up is Sunday’s visit to FC Emmen, who were promoted to the Eredivisie at the end of last season. The next home match is against another promoted side, Fortuna Sittard, a week on Sunday (kick-off 16:45). Tickets for that one are available here.