Mostly comfortable at home, Feyenoord’s last match at De Kuip ended in a 5-0 win against Willem II. But on their travels since then they have not managed to pull off a win, with two draws at FC Twente (2-2) and FC Groningen (0-0) wedged between defeats at sc Heerenveen (3-4) and AZ (2-4). Three points were sorely needed to stay in touch in the upper reaches of the Eredivisie.
Fiftieth Eredivisie goal
Jens Toornstra put his side on the right track early on. With 14 minutes played, receiving from Luis Sinisterra he slotted his effort into the left-hand corner. It was the midfielder’s 50th career goal in the Eredivisie, a fitting milestone in what was his 250th official appearance for Feyenoord.
Five minutes later Lutsharel Geertruida headed in the second from a corner. It was the right back’s fifth of the season in the league, in his return to the starting line-up. Bryan Linssen added a third with a canny lob before the break, giving his side a half-time lead looked enough to secure the points. But Feyenoord were clearly not prepared to ease up in the second period.
The half opened slowly, but Toornstra got things moving again when his hard shot whizzed in at the near post on 62 minutes. Steven Berghuis then took up Toornstra’s beautiful goal challenge, curling in a fine effort into the top left-hand corner from the edge of the box.
With Mark Diemers, Róbert Bozeník, Ridgeciano Haps, Nicolai Jørgensen and João Teixeira on as substitutes, Feyenoord added a sixth before the end. Eric Botteghin nodded in from a corner on 85 minutes.
Next up is another away trip. Feyenoord continue their Eredivisie campaign against PSV at the Philips Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 14:30.
- Steven Berghuis
- Eric Botteghin