Feyenoord escaped the first defeat of the season in the Eredivisie on Sunday. The team of trainer Dick Advocaat played a 1-1 draw in De Kuip against the stronger FC Utrecht.
Mark van der Maarel gave the Domstedelingen the lead in De Kuip shortly after the break and Lutsharel Geertruida scored the equalizer in the 65th minute. FC Utrecht then had good chances on the 1-2, but Feyenoord held on at home.
The team from Rotterdam is still unbeaten in the competition under Advocaat, but it is the first time in a month that Feyenoord remains without a victory in the Eredivisie. After the 2-2 draw against RKC Waalwijk on October 25, Feyenoord did win against FC Emmen (2-3), FC Groningen (2-0) and Fortuna Sittard (1-3).
FC Utrecht has been waiting a month for a victory in the Eredivisie. Earlier in November, the Domstedelingen did not win against PEC Zwolle (1-1), Ajax (0-3) and Heracles Almelo (4-1) and are still without a win in an away match in 2020.
Due to the draw, Feyenoord slowly loses the connection with leader Ajax. The Amsterdammers now have five points more than the Rotterdammers. FC Utrecht remains in the middle bracket with eleven points.
FC Utrecht took a point at Feyenoord. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Feyenoord gets away well against FC Utrecht before the break
Feyenoord, which missed Jens Toornstra, Bart Nieuwkoop and the suspended Orkun Kökçü and started with base debutants Jordy Wehrmann and George Johnston, had a difficult time against FC Utrecht from the first moment. In the third minute, Nick Marsman intervened well after a bet by Sander van de Streek and shortly afterwards Mimoun Mahi shot wide wide.
Yet it was Feyenoord that almost took the lead after ten minutes with a lot of fortune. Van der Maarel tried to clear the ball with his head, but headed towards his own goal and hit the inside of the post. Goalkeeper Maarten Paes then narrowly kept the ball out of his goal.
Nevertheless, it was FC Utrecht, where former Feyenoord player Eljero Elia started on the bench, that kept the best chances. Bart Ramselaar failed to work in a low effort from Mahi from close range in the 26th minute and just before half-time, Marsman again performed excellently when Mahi played.
Feyenoord had a difficult time against FC Utrecht, but did prevent a defeat. (Photo: Pro Shots)
FC Utrecht forgets to finish chances
Five minutes after the break, FC Utrecht was still paid for work. After a corner, the ball landed in the feet of Van der Maarel, who fired in from close range in a detached position. Not much later, the 0-2 should also have been a fact, but Ramselaar stumbled upon the outstanding Marsman after a heel from Mahi.
As is often the case this season, Feyenoord had to fight back from a backlog and Advocaat’s team also came to the same level against FC Utrecht. Marcos Senesi headed a cross to Geertruida, who passed Paes from close range.
Feyenoord got into the match a bit better after the equalizer, but it was FC Utrecht that got the best chance in the final phase. Marsman almost let a bet by Simon Gustafson slip under him, but the keeper caught the ball in time and prevented Feyenoord from suffering the first defeat of the season.
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