Ten-man Feyenoord secure vital victory

Two Steven Berghuis goals were enough to give Feyenoord three points on Saturday night against Heracles Almelo at De Kuip. In a 2-1 win, the winger opened the scoring in the first half and netted the winning goal from a penalty in the second. Nicolai Jørgensen had been sent off by then, as Feyenoord played out the last 25 minutes a man down.

With AZ suffering a 2-3 reverse at home to ADO Den Haag earlier in the evening, Feyenoord knew that a win would strengthen their hold on third place. But Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team were in for a bumpy ride.

String of chances
The hosts started well, with slick passing resulting in a string of first-half chances. Tyrell Malacia (in for the injured Ridgeciano Haps), Sam Larsson, Eric Botteghin and Jens Toornstra all had attempts on goal, but none of them were unable to catch out keeper Janis Blaswich.

Steven Berghuis showed more composure past the hour mark. Botteghin intercepted in his own half as Heracles tried to press, heading to Larsson. The ball moved swiftly through Nicolai Jørgensen to Steven Berghuis. He coolly beat Blaswich with his left to edge Feyenoord ahead.

Red for Jørgensen
The hosts seemed to have the game under control, but Heracles grabbed an unlikely equaliser on 47 minutes. Kristoffer Peterson beat Cuco Martina and whipped in a low cross that left Jesper Drost with a simple tap in from a few metres out. So when Jørgensen was shown a straight red on 65 minutes for kicking out, Feyenoord looked to be facing an up-hill struggle.

Adrián Dalmau’s shot forced Kenneth Vermeer into a good save immediately after the Dane’s dismissal, keeping Feyenoord on level terms. Van Bronckhorst brought on Robin van Persie for Jordy Clasie, as the hosts went for broke and the gamble paid off with eight minutes remaining.

Berghuis winner
Referee Jochem Kamphuis awarded a spot kick after a foul on Botteghin. Making his 219th appearance in the Eredivisie, the most ever by a Brazilian in the top Dutch league, the defender was hauled down in the box. Berghuis stepped up to convert.

AZ up next
Feyenoord return to De Kuip next Saturday when AZ provide the opposition in a third versus fourth clash. Kick-off is at 20:35 CET.

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