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Feyenoord leave it late against Willem II

Feyenoord claimed Eredivisie three points against Willem II in a Saturday night late show at De Kuip. Goals by Luis Sinisterra and Bryan Linssen deep into the second half gave the hosts a 2-0 win.
Though dominant from kick-off, the home side were long unable to unlock the Willem II defence. The visitors set up to frustrate Feyenoord, dropping back deep in their own half to close down all the space in the danger zone. Feyenoord did create a clutch of promising openings, but the main result was an increasingly anxious crowd.

The fans’ frustration was fuelled by results elsewhere, after fifth-placed FC Twente’s 3-3 draw against second-placed PSV, while fourth-placed AZ were going well and eventually beat Vitesse 3-1.

Feyenoord’s patience was finally rewarded midway through the second half. As so often this season, the breakthrough owed much to the class and creativity of Luis Sinisterra, who fashioned an opening and finished by finding the net with a hard drive.

Willem II had scarcely ventured far enough forward to threaten Ofir Marciano’s goal all game. They did throw the dice in the final minute, but the second goal of the evening actually came at the other end. The game had slipped into injury time when Bryan Linssen capitalised on a mistake by Wessel Dammers to net for Feyenoord.

The win will leave Feyenoord feeling positive ahead of Thursday’s Europa Conference League quarterfinal first leg against Slavia Prague at De Kuip. That one kicks off at 18:45 CET.