Giovanni van Bronckhorst was visibly disappointed after his side lost their opening Eredivisie fixture of the year at FC Z...
The season’s first meeting with Ajax ended in disappointment on Sunday. The hosts were too strong at the Johan Cruijff Arena, running out 3-0 winners. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side lost Jeremiah St. Juste to a red card after just five minutes. Home goals came from Justin Bijlow (og), Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic.
Feyenoord travelled to Amsterdam in confident mood. Giovanni van Bronckhorst had targeted victory and second place in the Eredivisie with a slightly different starting eleven. Jens Toornstra began the match instead of Sam Larsson.
Five minutes in referee Björn Kuipers originally showed Jeremiah St. Juste a yellow card but after reviewing the footage he decided to pull out a straight red for the Feyenoord right back. Kuipers had already booked Jens Toornstra in the opening minutes, while Steven Berghuis also had his name taken shortly afterwards.
The stormy opening put Feyenoord on the back foot, pushed back towards their own goal. The hosts eventually took the lead on 23 minutes. Justin Bijlow was unable to get a Frenkie de Jong shot under control, fumbling the ball over the line for what was officially recorded as an own goal.
The visitors started to get a toehold in the match with some fast brakes leading to chances. But the second goal of the afternoon fell to the hosts. Hakim Ziyech claimed it, with a deflected drive that left Bijlow with no chance.
After the break Feyenoord were much tighter in defence. Bart Nieuwkoop, Sam Larsson and Dylan Vente came on for Robin van Persie, Jens Toornstra and Nicolai Jørgensen. There were opportunities on the break, but no finish.
Ajax did manage to add to their lead. On 80 minutes Dusan Tadic scored from a perfectly judged David Neres cross to make in 3-0. The defeat leaves Feyenoord in third place on 20 points, five behind Ajax in second.
ADO Den Haag at home
Next up is the visit to De Kuip of ADO Den Haag on Thursday in the second round of the KNVB Cup. Tickets are still available in the online ticket shop.