Kyle Dixon is back with another Classic Match Report as Feyenoord looked to bounce back into the Eredivise title race with a win over league leaders PSV Eindhoven. Could Ronald Koeman’s side get a vital win?
Feyenoord have launched themselves straight back into the Eredivise title race and made a statement with a 2-1 victory over league leaders PSV Eindhoven at the Stadion Feijenoord, continuing their run of 12 home league games unbeaten.
Jeremain Lens gave the away side a crucial first half lead before Ruben Schaken equalised just two minutes into the second half.
Graziano Pelle netted his 20th goal of the season in only his 24th appearance to seal all three points for Ronald Koeman’s men and seriously dent PSV’s rampant title challenge.
Bruno Martins Indi had the first opportunity for the home side but wasted it with a poor effort from 25 yards that flew over the crossbar into the stand, while up the other end, Tim Matavz’s curling effort was brilliantly tipped around the post with an acrobatic diving save from Feyenoord goalkeeper Erwin Mulder.
Jean-Paul Boetius should have hit the target when he fired over from 20 yards, before the home side suffered a setback when Martins Indi went off on a stretcher after a collision with his goalkeeper.
Boetius had a great chance to square the ball to Pelle, after skilfully dribbling past Matthias Jorgensen, but decided to shoot at goal from a tight angle and it was well saved by PSV shot-stopper Boy Waterman.
That miss would be regretted by the home side as PSV took the lead. Jordy Clasie was dispossessed way too easily in the midfield by Matavz and he got away on the left wing. The Slovenian twisted and turned before squaring to Lens, who tapped into the empty net from four yards, to the delight of the travelling fans.
At half-time, Koeman had a lot of work to do to inspire his side to turn the game around and his team-talk worked wonders as Feyenoord pulled level only two minutes into the second half.
Clasie played in Schaken with a superb through-ball, and the striker showed great strength to shrug off the physically imposing Marcelo before dinking over the PSV goalkeeper into the bottom corner of the net. It was an awesome piece of football and the game-changing moment for Koeman’s men.
PSV reacted well to the setback though, as Dries Mertens went close with a piledriver from 25 yards that was well saved by Mulder but that was the end of the away side’s hopes of winning the game as Feyenoord dominated the closing stages.
Boetius’ lay off fell perfectly for Lex Immers but Waterman matched the low effort with a diving save. Meanwhile, Pelle should have done much better when turning well on the 18 yard line, but his weak effort was easily saved.
Pelle would not be denied for much longer as he struck the winner in the 68th minute. His clever turn away from the two central defenders allowed him enough space to swipe away his 20th goal in just 24 games this season.
The home side nearly added a third when Tonny Vilhena’s thumping shot was pushed away by Waterman, but two goals was enough for Feyenoord fly into third place in the table with a stunning 2-1 victory.
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