A week after celebrating their sixteenth Eredivisie title, Feyenoord defeated FC Emmen with a final score of 3-1. This victory keeps the team from Rotterdam on track to set a new points record in the Eredivisie. On the other side of the playing field, Emmen has been sentenced to play playoffs, after a convincing 3-0 win by their competitor Excelsior against Fortuna Sittard.
The Feyenoord players, who entered the field under an arch of honor from the Emmen players, showed few signs of fatigue, despite the festive festivities of the past week. With Mats Wieffer in the center of defense, they looked set for battle.
After fifteen minutes of play, however, there was a setback when Keziah Veendorp sent Richairo Zivkovic off, who effortlessly passed Wieffer and shot the ball past keeper Justin Bijlow. However, this did not change Feyenoord’s domination of the match. Oussama Idrissi’s goal half an hour later equalized 1-1.
Feyenoord remained mostly dominant in the second half, although both teams played less intensely. The decisive goals were finally scored by substitute Danilo, who headed a 1-2 lead, and then brought the final score to 1-3 with a beautiful attack. This brought his tally for the season to ten goals.
Emmen and other clubs such as VVV-Venlo, Willem II, FC Eindhoven and Almere City FC now have to prepare for the play-offs for promotion/relegation. On the other hand, Feyenoord has set its sights on a new points record as it prepares for the last home game of the season against Vitesse. Should Feyenoord win against Vitesse in their last home game, the club will finish with a total of 85 points, a record for the club. Emmen, on the other hand, must continue its battle, with prospects of an away match against FC Utrecht and the post-competition semi-final against NAC Breda or MVV Maastricht.