Feyenoord have to settle for a point at Willem II

Feyenoord took a point from Willem II with a 1-1 draw in the Eredivisie on Sunday. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side led by a Steven Berghuis penalty going into the final stages, but Fran Sol equalised on 85 minutes.

Van Bronckhorst made some changes to his team for the visit to the Koning Willem II Stadium, with Nicolai Jørgensen heading up the frontline and Robin van Persie as attacking midfielder. It was the Danish forward’s first start of the season, but he found it hard to cause problems for the home defence.

Athletic reflex
Feyenoord created little in the opening 45 minutes, with only Steven Berghuis giving keeper Timon Wellenreuther anything to do. The winger forced the home goalie into action with a shot from distance, but Wellenreuther saved athletically. At the other end, Kenneth Vermeer – starting again instead of injured Justin Bijlow – stopped a Fran Sol header with his feet.

The visitors started to get more forward momentum after the break. The result was a rash of chances. Eric Botteghin headed into Wellenreuther’s hands from a corner, while Berghuis threatened with a cross that whizzed across the face of the goal and a shot claimed by the keeper. But Bergius was not to be denied, scoring with a third effort.

Berghuis clinical
On 73 minutes Jan-Arie van der Heijden was hauled to the ground at a corner, which was picked up by VAR. Referee Blom was called to the sidelines to view the incident and returned to award the spot kick. Berghuis stepped up to net the penalty.

The goal put Feyenoord in control, but Willem II hauled themselves level with just five minutes left. The hosts stole possession on the right wing and broke fluently. The ball eventually came to Sol, who slotted home at the near post.

PEC Zwolle to come
It left Feyenoord with just the one point, leaving them in the top three on 17 from eight matches. Next up is a home match against PEC Zwolle in two weeks’ time. Tickets are available for the match at De Kuip on this website.

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