Feyeno­ord get an­other shot at ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AMSTERDAM: Feyeno­ord have a sec­ond chance to win their first Dutch league ti­tle in al­most two decades when they host Her­a­cles Almelo to­mor­row in their fi­nal game of the sea­son, hav­ing im­ploded in against Ex­cel­sior Rot­ter­dam last weekend.

A win at home against midtable Her­a­cles Almelo will seal the 14-time cham­pi­ons their first ti­tle since 1999, while hold­ing off long-time ri­vals Ajax Amsterdam, who sit one point be­hind.

Feyeno­ord could have wrapped it up last Sun­day but were caught cold by three goals in nine sec­ond half min­utes from neigh­bour­ing Rot­ter­dam, who had lost all of their pre­vi­ous nine derby en­coun­ters.

The shock 3-0 loss left Feyeno­ord play­ers ac­cused of chok­ing, which coach Gio­vanni van Bronkhorst con­curred with.

“We were not our­selves and that was from the first minute,” said the for­mer Arse­nal and Barcelona de­fender.

“Things that worked out well the whole sea­son for us went wrong against Ex­cel­sior.

“It has to change for Her­a­cles Almelo.

“We must now turn the dis­ap­point­ment into a pos­i­tive.

“We are play­ing at home and at home, Feyeno­ord are al­ways strong.”

Ajax, who qual­i­fied for the Europa League fi­nal af­ter edg­ing Olympique Ly­on­nais of France in their semi-fi­nal tie on Thurs­day, need vic­tory at Willem II Til­burg and for Feyeno­ord to fail to win if they are to take the ti­tle for a record-ex­tend­ing 33rd time. Reuters


Tony Vilna (left) of Feyeno­ord in ac­tion dur­ing their Ere­di­visie match against Ex­cel­sior last Sun­day.

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