January 15; 2022 – Justin Bijlow was the unlucky one in De Kuip on Saturday evening; where Feyenoord received Vitesse. His error of judgment ultimately ensured that Lois Openda scored the only goal of the match (0-1). Arne Slot’s team therefore misses out on expensive points in the battle for first and second place and also sees Vitesse approaching three points.
Feyenoord and Vitesse closed 2022 well. Where the Rotterdam team booked a 0-3 away win over sc Heerenveen; the Arnhem team won 1-0 against PEC Zwolle. In Rotterdam-South; both teams crossed swords as the numbers three (Feyenoord) and four (Vitesse) with a six-point difference between them. So both teams had the most to gain from a win. Feyenoord to increase the lead over the opponent and Vitesse to come closer.
From the first whistle it was clear that the interests were high. Feyenoord and Vitesse started the game energetically and kept it up throughout the first half. The game quickly shifted from one half to the other half. On the other hand; it lacked great played opportunities. Feyenoord got no further than shots from Bryan Linssen; Reiss Nelson and Orkun Kökcü and was unlucky that Alireza Jahanbakhsh – who took the place of captain Jens Toornstra – did not get the ball at the incoming Guus Til.
The chances for the visitors were also scarce. Brand-new addition Adrian Grbic – who was partly forced to be given a starting spot from Thomas Letsch – had a chance for the header and shot a free kick on Bijlow’s fists. The greatest chance of the first half ultimately belonged to Thomas Buitink; who shot the ball just wide.
Both teams had to fight after the break to reach a result. Vitesse had the first chance in the second half. Openda saw Bijlow standing slightly in front of his goal; tried to head the ball over the goalie; but in the end did not succeed. In the sequel; the image of the first act returned; lots of energy; few opportunities.
The fact that the opening goal ultimately fell through a blunder was significant. Openda was the lucky one; Bijlow the unlucky. The Feyenoord goalie was not convincing; teammate Marcus Pedersen got in the way and then saw Openda take advantage of this: 0-1.
Feyenoord quickly came up with an answer; because three minutes later it was already level via Guus Til; who tapped in the rebound from Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Substitute Cyriel Dessers; on the other hand; was offside at the goal and so the Rotterdam party was canceled after the intervention of the VAR. Arne Slot’s team was still behind and had found a second opponent in the ticking clock.
They searched diligently for the equalizer; but failed to do so. Til was closest to the equalizer with a header in a promising position; but his effort went wide of the Arnhem goal. It turned out to be the last achievement of the match; causing Feyenoord to suffer an expensive defeat in the battle for first and second place. It may lose the connection with Ajax and PSV; who will come into action tomorrow; and see Vitesse coming closer.
Lineups and ratings*[/h2]
Feyenoord: Justin Bijlow6; Marcus Pedersen 6; Gernot Trauner 6 (82. Jens Toornstra -); Lutsharel Geertruida 6; Tyrell Malacia 6; Fredrik Aursnes 5.5; Guus Til 6; Orkun Kokcu 5.5; Alireza Jahanbakhsh 5.5; Bryan Linssen 5.5; Reiss Neilson 5.5 (68. Cyriel Dessers 5).
Speed: Jeroen Houwen 6; Danilho Doekhi 6; Riechedly Bazoer 6 (89. Thomas Hajek -); Jacob Rasmussen 6; Eli Dasa 6; Sondre Tronstad 5.5 (69. Patrick Vroegh 5.5); Toni Domgjoni 5.5; Maximilian Wittek 5.5; Thomas Buitink 5.5 (79. Daan Huisman -); Adrian Grbic 5.5 (79. Alois Oroz-); Lois Openda 6.5.
Man of the match: Lois Openda
*: Players must have participated for a minimum of 20 minutes to be eligible for a rating.