Feyenoord were targeting a good end to a good week. The 5-1 home win against FC Twente last Sunday was followed by a 2-0 win against FC Porto in the Europa League on Thursday. But while Stam picked the same starting eleven in Sittard, the match panned out very differently.
Amadou Ciss gave the hosts a dream start on two minutes. Edgar Ié was robbed of the ball on the byline and when the ball was crossed Ciss was on hand to net. Ridgeciano Haps did manage to shoot Feyenoord level with a deflected effort, but the hosts soon regained the initiative.
Haps was at the centre if the action again, failing to block, as Ciss headed home. Things went from bad to worse, with a third coming on 43 minutes. Cian Harries’s effort took an age to roll over the line, but the goal left Feyenoord chasing the game.
Three became four within 20 seconds of the start of the second half. Bassala Sambou got his head onto a cross to beat Kenneth Vermeer.
Feyenoord did manage to get a goal back through Steven Berghuis, but Nicolai Jørgensen, on as a substitute, was denied the visitors’ third when his effort was ruled out for offside. Luis Sinisterra then hit a post as the realisation grew that Feyenoord were not going to get anything else from the game.
Next up for Jaap Stam’s side is a home fixture against Heracles Almelo in two weeks’ time, on the other side of the international break.