Despite being reduced to ten men early in the second half, Feyenoord got off to a winning start in the Eredivisie as they saw off Urecht 3-2 at De Kuip.

fey utrFeyenoord started with new boys Marko Vejinovic and Dirk Kuyt in the line-up, but couldn’t call upon the services of Eljero Elia or Michiel Kramer just yet.

Kuyt, starting on the right wing, nearly created the opening goal on 21 minutes but his ball across the box just missed the sliding Colin Kazim-Richards. However minutes later Feyenoord did take the lead as Kazim-Richards rose to head in Vejinovic’s free kick.

The home side were comfortable, but the match was turned on its head early in the second half when Feyenoord right back Rick Karsdorp was sent off for a rash challenge on Christian Kum. With the extra man Utrecht took control and after Sebastian Haller hit a shot straight at Kenneth Vermeer from point blank range, the Frenchman finally equalised on 75 minutes, finishing after Yassin Ayoub’s shot was parried into his path.

Feyenoord sprung to life after the equaliser and they regained the lead on 77 minutes when Karim El Ahmadi’s cross was fired in at the back post by Tonny Vilhena. Four minutes later it was 3-1 as Dirk Kuyt netted from the penalty spot after Bilal Basacikoglu was tripped.

Utrecht pulled a goal back in injury time as Haller netted from the penalty spot, but Feyenoord held on for all three points.

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