Utrecht pulled off a major shock in the Eredivisie on Sunday as they came from behind to beat Feyenoord 2-1 at De Kuip.

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te vrede fknThe home side were in control from the start against a Utrecht side missing star man Jens Toornstra, who is expected to complete his switch to Feyenoord early next week. Feyenoord created a number of chances early on, but their lack of a goalscorer was evident, with Jordy Clasie seeing a shot deflected wide, and Lex Immers having a shot saved by Robbin Ruiter, while Tonny Vilhena’s shot from close range was cleared off the line.

On 33 minutes the deadlock was finally broken when Clasie’s sent a long free kick over the Utrech defence, and Mitchell Te Vrede looped a header over Ruiter for his third Eredivisie goal so far.

It should have been 2-0 soon after, but Ruiter made a good stop from Te Vrede’s point blank header, and Lex Immers could only put the rebound onto the post.

Utrecht showed nothing going forward, but with the last kick of the first half they were level through striker Nacer Barazite, who slammed into the top corner after good work on the left from Tommy Oar.

Feyenoord could not regain their momentum in the second half, and on 73 minutes Utrecht stunned De Kuip by taking the lead when youngster Rodney Antwi burst through the defence before slamming the ball past Erwin Mulder.

The goal shell-shocked Feyenoord, and they failed to find an equaliser in the remaining minutes as Utrecht held on for all three points. Fred Rutten now has a big task on his hands to find a striker in the next week before the transfer window slams shut, and with Jordy Clasie rumoured to be on his way to Porto their could be tough times ahead in Rotterdam.

Utrecht, who struggled in their opening game, now have two wins in a row, and climb into the top five.




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