The visitors actually took the lead in the closing stages of the first half through Luis Sinisterra. It was a typical strike by the Colombian, who took a few steps inside before pulling the trigger. And it came at the perfect moment, as Feyenoord were very much chasing the game in the opening 45. The hope was that the goal would give them a launchpad to go on to win.
But that was not to be, as the hosts pulled level in the final seconds of the half through Willem Janssen. The tap-in meant that FC Utrecht went in with renewed confidence and they immediately capitalised early in the second half. Two goals from Moussa Sylla and Simon Gustafson (penalty) turned the game on its head, leaving Feyenoord with a hefty deficit to make up.
FC Utrecht were always just a step ahead of Feyenoord and that difference was decisive as the match wore on. The hosts ran out deserved winners in the eyes of Arne Slot, speaking immediately after the final whistle. ‘But we mustn’t forget that we have started the season okay and FC Utrecht away is a tough game,’ said the head coach, alluding to his side’s six points from the first two matches.
For Feyenoord the Eredivisie returns on Sunday 12 September with a home fixture. Heracles Almelo are the opponents for that one.
- Luis Sinisterra