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Feyenoord labour to win at PEC

Feyenoord had to dig deep to earn three points in Zwolle on Sunday. The hosts fought for every inch, but Cyriel Dessers stood up again to snatch the winner for Arne Slot’s team, as Feyenoord claimed a 2-1 victory.
On Friday Slot pointed up the resilience his side has shown on multiple occasions already this season and expressed the hope that Feyenoord would not have to come from behind again at the MAC3PARK Stadium. But things panned out differently, as Feyenoord found themselves a goal down for the third time in nine days, after early deficits against FC Groningen and FK Partizan.

The visitors had only themselves to blame. With a little more conviction and acuity up front they could have gone in at the break with a healthy lead against the bottom-placed side. In fact it was PEC who edged ahead through Bram van Polen, who smashed the opener off the underside of the bar in time added on at the end of the first half.

That would have been a source of frustration for Feyenoord, but after the break they displayed more of the mental strength and fighting spirit they have been lauded for this season. Luis Sinisterra’s equaliser – somewhat fortunate as it took a wicked deflection – changed the complexion of the game completely. It suddenly looked like there could be only one winner.

After a short interruption, with referee Martin van den Kerkhof taking the two teams off in response to the home fans throwing fireworks onto the pitch, Feyenoord set about the task. The breakthrough came on 77 minutes. Cyriel Dessers found the top corner with a shot on the turn, a goal that would prove decisive.

Feyenoord rode out the final 13 minutes to claim the win, although a yellow card for Orkun Kökcü means that he will be unavailable for next Sunday’s Klassieker in Amsterdam, which kicks off at 14:30 CET.
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