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Last-minute Toornstra goal secures point against ten men

Jens Toornstra scored in the dying seconds to earn a 3-3 draw at FC Emmen in the Eredivisie on Sunday. Orkun Kökcü and Luciano Narsingh had given Feyenoord a two-goal lead. But the hosts struck three times to grab the initiative before Toornstra’s final equaliser.

The visitors experienced the best possible start to their third match in eight days. After the 3-2 win against ADO Den Haag and the 1-0 reverse in Scotland against Rangers, Feyenoord could have been slow out of the blocks. That was not the case, though, as Orkun Kökcü opened the scoring on three minutes. The Turkey U21 midfielder netted after Steven Berghuis had failed to get any power behind his initial effort.

When Luciano Narsingh made it 2-0 on 12 minutes, with an assist from Berghuis, Feyenoord looked to be well in control. That changed when Robbert de Vos pulled one back for the hosts with a well-placed drive. Worse was to come, as the lead vanished completely on 32 minutes. Sergio Peña smashed an effort into the top corner from the edge of the box to tie up the game.

The home side and their fans now felt that there was more than a point to be won and FC Emmen went hunting for a third goal in the second half. Luciano Slagveer grabbed it on 59 minutes. The winger beat debutant Marcos Senesi – on after the break for Edgar Ié – and then outwitted keeper Kenneth Vermeer to net.

It meant that Feyenoord were chasing the game and head coach Jaap Stam responded by bringing on Jens Toornstra and Naoufal Bannis.

Bannis was an immediate threat and Michaël Heylen was soon forced to haul him to the ground when he raced clear towards goal. Heylen was shown a direct red card. The remaining ten men had to defend for their lives and they managed to restrict Feyenoord to half-chanced as the clock ran down.

They almost made it to the final whistle with their lead in tact, but Toornstra broke home hearts in the dying seconds. The substitute played a free kick to Bannis, before striking the return sweetly into the net.

The goal extended Feyenoord’s unbeaten Eredivisie start, but a point felt unsatisfactory after having lead by two early on. Next up is another Eredivisie fixture, with AZ the visitors at De Kuip on Thursday.