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The battle between third and fourth in the Eredivisie ended 1-1 in Alkmaar on Sunday. The hosts took an early lead through Albert Gudmundsson, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men levelled before the break. Steven Berghuis was Feyenoord’s goal scorer.
AZ started brightly at the AFAS Stadium, taking the initiative from the kick off. It resulted in a quick goal for the home side. Myron Boadu claimed an assist in setting up Albert Gudmundsson, who scored with a low shot.
Feyenoord recovered well and created good chances. Tonny Vilhena headed at the keeper, Jordy Clasie had a shot blocked, then Jens Toornstra shot over. An equaliser looked on the cards, but the travelling fans had to wait until 41 minutes before it came. Tonny Vilhena made ground down the middle, playing the ball out to Sam Larsson. The Swede’s long pass found Steven Berghuis, who finished coolly.
Feyenoord turned the pressure up in the second half, with chances for Eric Botteghin and substitute Luis Sinisterra. The hosts looked vulnerable when the crosses were whipped in, but AZ keeper Marco Bizot dealt well with the threat. With the clock well on the way to 85 minutes, Van Bronckhorst brought on Nicolai Jørgensen, but the Dane was unable to sneak a second for Feyenoord on his return from injury, which has kept him on the sidelines for several weeks.
The draw keeps Feyenoord two points ahead of AZ, but wins for PSV and Ajax mean both extended their lead in the top two positions. PSV head the table five points ahead of Feyenoord with Ajax three ahead of the Rotterdammers, who have ten points from five matches.