Justin Bijlow will be Feyenoord’s last line of defence in Saturday’s Johan Cruijff Shield encounter with PSV. The 20-ye...
Feyenoord earned their third Johan Cruijff Shield win in their history in Eindhoven on Saturday evening. Head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side overcame reigning Eredivisie champions PSV at the Philips Stadium to take the trophy. The match remained locked at 0-0 after 90 minutes, but Feyenoord claimed a 6-5 win in the shootout, not least thanks to two Justin Bijlow penalty saves.
The first half between titleholders PSV and cupholders Feyenoord passed without too much incident. Robin van Persie had a good chance on behalf of Feyenoord, but he was an inch or two away from sliding the ball in.
After the break, Calvin Verdonk (shot wide) and Tonny Vilhena (effort from a few metres out saved by Jeroen Zoet) both went close, but lacked luck. PSV did net, but Luuk de Jong’s goal was chalked off because of obstruction on Justin Bijlow as he went to gather.
The 20-year-old keeper, who Van Bronckhorst named his first choice earlier this week, then stepped up to the plate in the spot kick shootout, where the ABBA system was used. Bijlow stopped Jorrit Hendrix’s penalty, but Sam Larsson also missed for Feyenoord. When Sofyan Amrabat also hashed up, PSV’s Angelino had the chance to wrap up the win for the hosts, but he blasted wide.
Bijlow then saved Pablo Rosario’s effort, leaving captain Jordy Clasie (who had taken the armband due to Van Persie’s substitution) to claim the trophy for Feyenoord by stroking home past Jeroen Zoet.