Feyenoord fail to take advantage in Arnhem

Feyenoord fought hard in Arnhem in the hunt for three very important points on Sunday, but had to do with a 1-1 draw against fifth-place Vitesse. Orkun Kökcü opened the scoring before the break, with Mohammed Dauda equalising early in the second half.

With AZ playing out a goalless draw against PEC Zwolle in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off, Feyenoord got underway at the Gelredome in the knowledge that a win would put some distance between them and their two closest rivals for third place in the Eredivisie.

Finishing not quite on point
Feyenoord started well, showing drive but patience in their build-up play. That formula led to plenty of chances for the visitors, but the goal was a long time in coming. Robin van Persie was especially unlucky with his last touch, seeing a header saved by keeper Eduardo, pulling a low shot wide and putting a high cross over the bar.

While his finishing was not quite on point, Van Persie had a better return on his assisting. The half was all but done, already a minute into added time, when he played it down to Orkun Kökcü – in the starting line-up for Tonny Vilhena – who netted with a hard right-footed shot.

Delle important
Feyenoord were pegged back soon after the restart. Kenneth Vermeer’s replacement in goal, Joris Delle, had no chance as Mohammed Dauda tapped in from close in. Not long after, the stand-in goalie was called into action again, foiling both Martin Ødegaard and Vyacheslav Karavaev as Vitesse went in search of the lead.

As the match moved into the final stages, Feyenoord looked to have snatched all the points. But Jan-Arie van der Heijden’s header smashed against the post and the game ended all-square.

Willem II next up
The draw means that Feyenoord remain seven points ahead of Vitesse in fifth and three ahead of AZ in fourth. Next up, Feyenoord welcome Willem II to De Kuip on Saturday evening.

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