Historic victory for Feyenoord in Klassieker

Feyenoord recorded a historic victory at home to Ajax on Sunday in the Klassieker. Robin van Persie (2), Jens Toornstra, Steven Berghuis, Tonny Vilhena and Yassin Ayoub scored for the hosts in front of a passionate crowd at De Kuip, as Feyenoord ran out 6-2 winners.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst had prepared a special battleplan for the visit of Ajax. The head coach aimed to make life tough for the visitors, but was also focused on beating them, with Robin van Persie as lone striker, Jens Toornstra in midfield and Eric Botteghin in central defence. 

False start
The match did not get off as to the start the head coach was hoping for, however. Feyenoord fell behind within 8 minutes, as Lasse Schöne curled a free kick into the top corner. The home side were clearly shaken, but they soon recovered.

The equaliser came scarcely ten minutes later. Toornstra controlled a cross from Steven Berghuis, spun round and smashed the ball past André Onana. The roles were reversed on 31 minutes as Feyenoord turned the game on its head. Toornstra played in Berghuis, who made it 2-1.

Van Persie on target
Hakim Ziyech quickly replied to draw the sides level at 2-2, but Van Persie handed the hosts the lead at half time. Toornstra was again the provider, with the captain finishing emphatically to make it 3-2. The club captain then claimed his second of the afternoon ten minutes into the second half, giving Feyenoord a two-goal cushion, with Berghuis claiming the assist.

With the bit between their teeth, Feyenoord were unwilling to let the visitors back into the game a second time. After Van Persie and left back Calvin Verdonk had left the field, making way for Nicolai Jørgensen and Ridgeciano Haps, Feyenoord pushed further ahead.

Big win
Tonny Vilhena made it five with a belter after Haps had won the ball in a dangerous position and in the final minutes substitute Yassin Ayoub – on for Berghuis – scored the sixth to give Feyenoord their biggest win over Ajax since a 9-4 victory in 1964.

The win narrows the gap between Feyenoord and Ajax in second to eight points. Next up is a trip to Excelsior on Sunday, kick-off 12:15 CET. The next home match is set for Saturday 9 February (20:45 CET), when De Graafschap come to town.

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