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Penalties leave Feyenoord pointless in Alkmaar

Feyenoord suffered a painful defeat at the hands of AZ in the Eredivisie on Sunday. The fourth-placed hosts claimed all three points in a 2-1 win after converting two first-half penalties. Lutsharel Geertruida grabbed Feyenoord’s only goal early in the second half.

The sides locked horns at the AFAS Stadium with everything to play for. Feyenoord were looking to keep up the pressure on the top two, while AZ were in turn set on closing the gap to Feyenoord. The result was a cagey opening, with both sides trying to get on top.

Feyenoord had the best of it early on, without creating any big chances. But the game was turned on its head when AZ were awarded two penalties. Jesper Karlsson converted both to give his side a commanding lead. The hosts might even have added a third soon after. First Justin Bijlow saved when Karlsson seems destined to tap in his third of the afternoon, then VAR intervened to save the day.

Feyenoord started to get a grip on the game after the break. Lutsharel Geertruida netted from close in on 52 minutes after a free-for-all in the AZ penalty area to give the 750 visiting fans hope. But in the end, Feyenoord were unable to get themselves back on level terms, despite a handful of chances to do just that.

Next up for Feyenoord is a home game against FC Groningen on Saturday, which kicks off at 21:00 CET.