Willem II has recorded three wins in the first four games of the season, while Feyenoord had failed to come away with all the points in any of their three Eredivisie games (the fourth against AZ has been rescheduled). Jaap Stam’s side were looking to put that right in Tilburg to go with recent Europa League qualifying success.
The hosts made Feyenoord fight for every inch at the King Willem II Stadium. The visitors carved out a couple of chances in the first half, including one for Luis Sinisterra. Starting instead of the injured Sam Larsson, Sinisterra received on the left, switching inside before letting rip, but his shot was off target. At the other end, Kenneth Vermeer defended his clean sheet by blocking a Vangelis Pavlidis effort.
After the break Feyenoord found chances harder to come by, but they did manage a goal. Substitute Justin Ogenia pulled down Sinisterra in the box to concede a spot kick. Steven Berghuis stepped up to convert it with a precision strike into the right-hand corner.
The hosts responded with some heavy bombardment in search of an equaliser. The best chance fell to Paul Gladon, who was unable to keep his balance with the open goal at his mercy, shooting wide as he fell.
The win leaves Feyenoord on six points after four games. Next up is a home game against ADO Den Haag on Sunday 15 September.