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Feyenoord well beaten in Heerenveen

Feyenoord went down to a heavy defeat at sc Heerenveen on Wednesday night. It was the third Eredivisie loss on the spin for Dick Advocaat’s side after reverses against Ajax and AZ. A poor performance at the Abe Lenstra Stadium ended in a thumping 3-0 victory for the hosts.
Results elsewhere in the midweek matches were favourable for Feyenoord ahead of kick-off. A loss for AZ at home to FC Utrecht was already confirmed, while Vitesse were well behind in their own fixture and would ultimately lose 4-1 at VVV Venlo. So it was clear that Feyenoord could get their season back on track with a good result in Friesland.

It panned out differently, however. Feyenoord lacked energy at the Abe Lenstra Stadium, as sc Heerenveen dominated. The visitors spent most of their time in their own half, as the hosts found it easy to keep hold of the ball. 

Feyenoord were unable to find an answer to the home side’s tactics, which led to two goals in the first half. First Joey Veerman beat Nick Marsman with a hard shot, then Pawel Bochniewicz scrambled the ball over the line from a corner.

The visitors looked a little better after break, but Mitchell van Bergen was able to add a third to complete the scoring. Advocaat did shuffle his pack, bringing on Eric Botteghin, Lucas Pratto and Bryan Linssen in the course of the second half, but his side never looked like completing an improbably comeback.

Feyenoord have a chance to get in the saddle quickly, with PSV the visitors at De Kuip on Sunday (kick-off 14:30 CET).