Feyenoord pull away after the break in Almelo

Feyenoord had a good afternoon at Heracles Almelo on Sunday. Hot on the heels of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side in fourth place before kick off, the hosts were beaten 2-0 as Feyenoord tightened their grip on third. An own goal by Heracles keeper Janis Blaswich and a Jens Toornstra strike won the points in a four-minute second-half blast.

Tough first 45
The stakes were clear in Almelo, as three and four in the Eredivisie met in a real six-pointer. Feyenoord did not start well at the Polman Stadium though. The visiting fans were certainly in full voice, but despite creating a number of chances, with Tonny Vilhena playing a leading role, their team was sloppy on the ball. Heracles threatened Justin Bijlow’s goal at intervals too.

Kristoffer Peterson hit a post, while the Feyenoord number one also had to act quickly when Lerin Duarte was found in space in the box. Bijlow managed to protect his clean sheet, with help from Sven van Beek and Calvin Verdonk, who both started. 

Two in four
After the break the visitors began to find their rhythm. The lead came on the hour. Steven Berghuis played a perfect ball into Nicolai Jørgensen, who headed in with some help from keeper Blaswich and the bar. Feyenoord double their lead within four minutes. Berghuis was again at the thick of it after threatening himself from a free kick earlier on. He played a ball over the defence to Calvin Verdonk. The left back laid it off immediately to Jens Toornstra, who stroked it over the line.

That put Feyenoord in the driving seat and with the hosts unable to trouble themselves, the visitors had the best chances to extend their lead. Berghuis struck the bar, while substitute  Mo El Hankouri put an effort just wide. It ended 2-0 with Feyenoord advancing to 23 points from 11 matches.

FC Groningen
Next up for Feyenoord is a home match at De Kuip against FC Groningen on Sunday  25 November, kick off 14:30 CET. Tickets are available on this website.

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