Feyenoord have closed the gap on challengers PSV and FC Twente. The top team beat his NEC 2-0 and are six points clear of the Eindhoven side and the Enchediers.
The next few weeks are to show how strong Feyenoord are and whether they can be considered major title contenders.Arne Slot’s squad are FC Twente (away), PSV (home) and sc Heerenveen (Away) and AZ (Home) are starting a challenging run. Currently the league table numbers are 4, 3, 8 and 2. In between these four matches, Feyenoord will face NEC again in his KNVB Cup round of 16.
Three days after the much-talked-about game (1-1) against rivals Ajax, Feyenoord gave NEC an early lead. Right-back Marcus Pedersen put in a good performance before Javiro Dillosun put the ball home from close range in the ninth minute.
Slott has named Dilrothun for Alireza Yahanbakhsh, who started the game against Ajax. For the former Dutch international, it was his fifth goal of the season in the Eredivisie and his first since October.
NEC tried to attack before halftime and got through several times. Souffian El Karouani’s attempt hit at close range Ronald Koeman and Justin Bijlow, who hopes to develop into Oranje’s first-choice keeper, just like his NEC colleagues. Bijlow also saved several tries for Nany Landry Dimata.
The game against Rotterdam was decided in injury time in the first half. Striker Santiago Jimenez, who didn’t let Danilo go aside, dribbled past Iván Marquez. Referee Edwin van de Graaf awarded the penalty and after advice from the VAR, Marquez was sent off with a red card. Captain Orkun Kokcü scored a convincing penalty. Shortly before that, Igor Paixiao was sidelined with an injury.
Feyenoord took the lead in the second half. The home side were unable to capitalize on chances, mainly due to Cillessen’s excellent saves. Neraysho Kasanwirjo made his debut by signing with FC his Groningen.
Feyenoord regained the top spot from AZ with this victory and scored two more points.