Hard-working ten men earn point at PSV

Feyenoord came away from Eindhoven with a draw in Sunday afternoon’s match with PSV. Nicolai Jørgensen and Hirving Lozano were the scorers as the sides finished 1-1. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side ended the match a man down against the Eredivisie leaders, after Sven van Beek was shown a red card.

The first versus third clash marked the beginning of an important week in Feyenoord’s season, with a KNVB Cup semi-final against Ajax on Wednesday and a home league game against FC Emmen on Sunday on the fixture list. The first in the series no doubt left the head coach feeling upbeat.

Feyenoord were combative at the Philips Stadium, showing control and creating good chances, but Jens Toornstra, Tonny Vilhena, Nicolai Jørgensen and Jan-Arie van der Heijden were unable to add the finishing touch in the first half. The same went for Luuk de Jong, who shot wide with only Kenneth Vermeer to beat.

The visitors did find the net after the break. Jørgensen – a goalscorer in Feyenoord’s 2-1 home win earlier in the campaign – netted with a shot from around 20 meters out on 70 minutes. The ball went in off the right-hand post. It came perhaps against expectations, as Feyenoord were down to ten men by then.

That was because Sven van Beek was shown a straight red card not long after the hour mark. The central defender tried to head the ball back to Vermeer, but when it did not travel as far as he had hoped he hauled down Steven Bergwijn. The dismissal means Van Beek will miss the midweek Klassieker.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst brought on Bart Nieuwkoop as an extra defender, with Sam Larsson making way, but the hosts got themselves level within a minute. Hirving Lozano scored with a hard shot. PSV then went hunting for a winner, but Feyenoord were able to contain their hosts with good organisation and some sublime saves from Vermeer.

Ajax and FC Emmen at home to come
Feyenoord now have two fixtures at De Kuip. After the KNVB Cup semi-final on Wednesday, they welcome FC Emmen in the Eredivisie on Sunday. Tickets are still available for that one.

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