After Ajax‘s defeat to FC Utrecht, Feyenoord could have taken an option on the leading position in the Premier League, but has not been able to benefit from the averij that his archrival suffered. The Rotterdammers did not give home in Arnhem against Vitesse and lost to two defensive blunders with 2-1.
Both clubs had to go to the hole in Europe on Thursday, Feyenoord had more trouble picking up the thread than Vitesse. The Arnhemmers had to replace the injured goalkeeper Markus Schubert with Jeroen Houwen just before the kickoff, but flew out of the starting blocks. Oussama Darfalou missed a big chance after just three minutes and Loïs Openda opened the score a little later: the Belgian went with the ball after a mistake by Marcos Senesi and signed for 1-0.
Feyenoord wanted to make a comeback immediately and in the second half it went all directions. Right after Senesi was exchanged by trainer Arne Slot, Feyenoord had the equalizer. Top league scorer Guus Til made him, at Marcus Holmgren Pedersen’s report: 1-1.
Even in the first half, Vitesse started significantly better than the guests from Rotterdam. Within one minute of the kickoff, it was Openda who managed to find the net: Senesi‘s replacement Lutsharel Geertruida misvalued a high ball and the Belgian passed Justin Bijlow in the far corner.
In the course of the second half, the forces flowed away from both clubs: Vitesse couldn’t follow up his offensive, but Feyenoord didn‘t know much about that either. In the final phase of the fourteen (!) minutes extended game all of a sudden, everything happened again. Houwen kept Vitesse going on a number of times, after a big chance for Jens Toornstra, among other things. Bijlow prevented Openda from making his third of the day.
Vitesse played the game with his nine: Matús Bero received his second yellow card – incidentally for an offense that seemed to be made by Tomás Hájek – and Thomas Buitink was able to move in immediately because of dangerous play. However, Thomas Letsch’s team held the 2-1. Feyenoord could have approached Ajax to one point, with another match credit: the Slot team remains in a shared fourth place with PSV, which will be in action on Sunday night. Vitesse climbs from place twelve to spot eight and will stay there for two weeks.