Feyenoord came from behind to beat De Graafschap 2-1 and lift the Rotterdam side up to the top of the table temporarily.

de graa fey fjfjFeyenoord knew a win would put them top ahead of Ajax’s match with PSV later on Sunday, but the first half belonged to bottom side De Graafschap, who looked a more confident side after picking up their first point last week.

After 14 minutes the home side grabbed a deserved lead with Erik Quekel following up after his first shot was saved by Kenneth Vermeer to stab the ball towards goal and into the net via Sven van Beek’s foot.


Feyenoord responded by forcing Hidde Jurjus into a good save to keep out Eljero Elia’s bullet header, but before the break De Graafschap should have been further ahead, with Vermeer having to save well from Quekel, while Jan Lammer’s header was ruled out after a foul on the Feyenoord keeper.

In the second half De Graafschap failed to maintain their control and Feyenoord eventually equalised through Michiel Kramer, who rose to head Simon Gustafson’s cross past Jurjus.

Feyenoord then went looking for the win and after 73 minutes Tonny Vilhena played Elia in on goal and the winger’s shot was misjudged by Jurjus and ended in the net.

De Graafschap threw on big striker Vincent Vermeij, but despite bombarding the Feyenoord box they could not find an equaliser. Feyenoord now rise temporarily to the top and will go into the international break at least second, while De Graafschap slump to their seventh defeat in eight matches.



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