The hosts started the match in desperate fashion. RKC Waalwijk were much the brighter of the two teams early on, winning the tackles and striking twice through Darren Maatsen (a deflection off Jan-Arie van der Heijden’s leg) and Sylla Sow (in the near corner).
Feyenoord managed to settle the ship and Nicolai Jørgensen pulled one back on 25 minutes. The equaliser followed just before half time, when Sam Larsson, starting for the injured Luis Sinisterra, scored with a shot that went in off a defender’s head.
RKC Waalwijk were scarcely in it after the break, as Feyenoord ramped up the pressure. That resulted in a raft of chances, but it was only in the 85th minute that the hosts finally edged ahead. Marcos Senesi scored his first goal for the club, rifling a free kick into the top corner to take all the points.
With the international break looming, Advocaat was pleased that his side had forced the win in spite of the sloppy opening. ‘I didn’t know what they were doing at the start,' admitted the head coach post-match. 'Our job was not letting RKC getting into the game, but we did. We gave the goals away very cheaply. I’m happy how we played after that, because the team did that well.’
- Nicolai Jørgensen
- Sam Larsson