After ending last term as joint top scorer in the Eredivisie, Steven Berghuis soon showed he had every intention of continuing his good form in front of goal into the new season. The game was just five minutes old when the Feyenoord captain bagged his first. He rattled off a low shot from distance when the hosts allowed him too much time and space. The ball flew into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
Feyenoord found it difficult to keep up the pressure after making the early breakthrough. The hosts started to get a foothold in the game and created a string of chances, although they were unable to convert. After a tactic change at half time, with Advocaat switching to a more conservative approach, Feyenoord managed to avoid big scares in the second half.
As the second 45 wore on, the visitors actually started looking dangerous themselves. They were rewarded for their positive mindset with a second goal on 68 minutes. A flowing move involving Berghuis, Nicolai Jørgensen and Bryan Linssen ended at the feet of Orkun Kökcü, who was hauled down in the penalty area. Spot-kick specialist Berghuis stepped up to slap in the second goal of the evening.
That gave Feyenoord the cushion they needed to see out the game relatively comfortably. Linssen and Berghuis even had chances to extend their lead, only to be denied by PEC Zwolle keeper Michael Zetterer. In the end, it made no difference.
Next up for Feyenoord is the first home game of the season against FC Twente on Sunday, kick off 14:30 CET.
- Steven Berghuis