Feyenoord get back to winning ways

Feyenoord ended two winless runs on Thursday evening against sc Heerenveen. The visitors were beaten at De Kuip for the first time since 2014, as Feyenoord took three points for the first time since early March with a 3-0 win. Nicolai Jørgensen, Steven Berghuis and Tonny Vilhena scored the goals.

FC Emmen were the last side to be dispatched by Feyenoord, beaten 4-0 on Sunday 3 March. Since then, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side had drawn 1-1 with Vitesse and lost to the odd goal in five against both Willem II and FC Utrecht.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results, as the head coach had said ahead of Thursday’s match and he was proved right. Feyenoord took the game by the scruff of the neck from the kick-off and never let go. The hosts did need to show some patience, though, as the clock was well past the half-hour mark before the opening goal arrived.

Two goals ruled out
Nicolai Jørgensen had the ball in the net on 20 minutes, but Sam Larsson was adjudged to have gained an unfair advantage with a shove and the goal was scrubbed off. The Dane did claim a legitimate strike on 32 minutes after the visitors failed to clear a corner. Jørgensen slid the ball between the legs of Heerenveen goalie Warner Hahn to edge his side in front. Steven Berghuis thought he had doubled the lead just ahead of the break, but he was denied by an offside decision against Jens Toornstra.

Berghuis and Jørgensen both spurned good chances early in the second half. But Berghuis made up for that on 53 minutes with a shot into the bottom right-hand corner. Sam Larsson claimed the assist. It took the pressure off the hosts, who increased their lead in the closing stages through Tonny Vilhena.

Deserved victory
The deserved victory, against an sc Heerenveen side that scarcely threatened all night, took Feyenoord within a point of third-placed AZ, with a four-point cushion to fifth-placed FC Utrecht.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have an away fixture at VVV-Venlo on Sunday, with Heracles Almelo due to visit De Kuip a week later on Saturday 13 April. That match kicks off at 20:45 CET. Get your tickets here.

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