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Feyenoord run out of steam in Klassieker

Feyenoord saw a great opportunity to secure three points in Amsterdam for the first time in 17 years slip through their fingers on Sunday afternoon. Arne Slot’s side led until late in the game, but two home goals in the last 12 minutes left them with nothing to show for their endeavours, as Ajax ended 3-2 winners.
A strong first-half performance gave Feyenoord a solid foundation in the hunt for their first win at the Johan Cruijff Arena since 2005. Assertive and energized, the visitors consistently dispossessed Ajax in their own half and were themselves generally threatening with the ball. That led to two outstanding goals for Feyenoord in the first half.

The first came when Luis Sinisterra got on the end of a sweeping move to finish ruthlessly. The hosts did grab an equaliser through Sébastien Haller, but it did nothing to dent Feyenoord’s confidence and Guus Til soon restored the lead.

That meant that Feyenoord went in ahead at the break and it was no more than they deserved. After the resumption, the visitors continued to look solid up to the hour mark. Ajax were not able to get close enough to really threaten, while Feyenoord did occasionally sown panic at the other end.

With the home crowd in good voice, the Eredivisie leaders tried to rachet up the pressure as the game enter its final stages. Perhaps fatigued after their Europa Conference League efforts three days earlier, Feyenoord began to drop back further towards their own goal. 

The equaliser came from a Dusan Tadic free kick from a tight angle that sailed over everyone into the far corner and the worst-case scenario came to pass a few minutes later when Antony rifled in a third home goal from inside the box. Feyenoord had come as close to a win at Ajax as at any point in the many years, but ultimately it was not to be.

The result leaves Feyenoord in third place in the table ahead of a two-week Eredivisie break. Next up in the league is a trip to Willem II on Saturday 2 April, kick off 21:00 CET).

Before then, though, Feyenoord take on RKC Waalwijk in a friendly on Wednesday to raise funds for projects to support Ukrainian refugees.