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Feyenoord fail to reward themselves for dominance

Feyenoord were unable to convert their supremacy into three points at Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday. In a game filled with mistakes, Dick Advocaat’s men were the dominant force, especially in the second half, but the teams ended up playing out a 0-0 draw.

Hectic first fifteen
The hosts had the best of the opening stages, creating several chances. The biggest was handed to Vitesse when Nick Marsman pushed Riechedly Bazoer to the ground on the way down from a high catch. Referee Pol van Boekel initially allowed play to continue, but then VAR stepped in.

After examining the video footage, Van Boekel pointed to the spot. Marsman seemed to have righted his wrong when he saved the resulting penalty, but Van Boekel wanted to have the kick retaken. The goalie had failed to keep both feet on the line. Incredibly, VAR overturned the referee’s decision, with Marsman’s save standing.

More chances after the break
The visitors started to get into the game after the frantic opening. Unfortunately, Feyenoord were sloppy in their passing, giving the ball away far too often. But the situation started to change for the better after the break. The increased accuracy led to more openings.

The biggest chances fell to Nicolai Jørgensen (who shot over eye-to-eye with Vitesse keeper Remko Pasveer), Luis Sinisterra (who had a goal disallowed after Jørgensen was ruled offside) and Orkun Kökcü. The midfielder could have crowned a good performance with a goal in the last minute, but he took too much time, wasting the opportunity.

FC Porto and PSV
The draw leaves Feyenoord on 25 points after 16 matches. Next up is Thursday’s visit to FC Porto in the crunch Europa League Group G fixture. In the Eredivisie, PSV provide the opposition at De Kuip on Sunday.