Feyenoord came from behind to beat Heerenveen 2-1 in the Abe Lenstra Stadion.
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The Frisians went into the game out of form and coach Jurgen Streppel decided to make changes with Luciano Slagveer handed only his sixth start of the season. The winger was heavily involved in the opening stages as Heerenveen laid siege to the leaders goal, firstly starting a move which ended with Pelle van Amersfoort heading over before he sent a looping effort just wide of Brad Jones goal.
After 18 minutes, Reza Ghoochannejhad was brought down in the box by Miquel Nelom and the striker gave his side a deserved lead from the spot. Feyenoord were lucky not to go in at the break further behind with Reza sending a point-blank header over, while Jones had to make saves from van Amersfoort and Bijker.
Heerenveen couldn’t maintain their control in the second half and on 56 minutes, Feyenoord equalised through Nicolai Jorgensen, who tapped in at the back post when the ball fortunately landed at his feet.
Fifteen minutes later Tonny Vilhena raced onto a Steven Berghuis pass and rifled a strike into the bottom corner to put Feyenoord in front.
Heerenveen threw on Henk Veerman in search of an equaliser, but the striker saw an effort saved by Jones, who also kept out shots from Slagveer and Sam Larsson. Feyenoord held on for the three points and with Ajax slipping up they are now six points ahead at the top.