The opening goal on 45 minutes set Feyenoord on their way. Orkun Kökcü got to the ball ahead of RKC keeper Etienne Vaessen, pushing it out of his reach before rolling it into the empty net.
It rounded off a tough first half for the visitors, who found it hard to break down the hosts’ defensive wall. Feyenoord keeper Justin Bijlow was also called into action on a number of occasions, as the hosts played on the counter. Bijlow was given plenty to do in the second half too.
That said, Feyenoord might have increased their lead and given themselves more of a cushion early in the second half, but Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Guus Til both failed to convert major opportunities. A Luis Sinisterra strike was also ruled out. That meant that RKC stayed in touch until the death.. Backed by a boisterous home crowd, the hosts kept up the pressure as the game entered the final stages.
In the end, though, the visiting fans were rewarded with the second goal of the match late on to put the result beyond doubt. As the final 60 seconds ticked down, Jorrit Hendrix pounced on a slip in the home defence to net his first goal for Feyenoord.
The win keeps Feyenoord tucked in behind second placed PSV, who have a point more than Arne slot’s side. Next up for Feyenoord is a home match against SC Cambuur on Sunday. That one kicks off at 14:30 CET.