A week after hammering Ajax 6-2, Feyenoord slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Excelsior in a Rotterdam derby.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst stuck with the same eleven that tore Ajax apart last week with Nicolai Jorgensen once again settling for a place on the bench.

However, Feyenoord made a slow start against their neighbours with Excelsior going close twice in the opening 15 minutes through Marcus Edwards and Jurgen Mattheij. In the 33rd minute, the lively Edwards weaved into the Feyenoord box but dragged his shot wide.

Two minutes before the break, Feyenoord finally got a decent chance but Sam Larsson’s effort was kept out by Alessandro Damen before Jens Toornstra’s follow up was cleared off the line.

The visitors woke up after the break and Steven Berghuis struck the post before Robin van Persie struck the opener in the 54th minute.

Excelsior reacted well to going behind and were level ten minutes later when Feyenoord allowed the hosts to pass the ball around before Ali Messaoud fired past Kenneth Vermeer.

Feyenoord were barely threatening for the rest of the match as the chances all fell to Excelsior. The in the last minute, substitute Robin van der Meer made himself a hero by volleying in a great winner at the back post.

The defeat means Feyenoord now must look over their shoulders in third. AZ closed the gap to five points on Saturday. Excelsior are now 12th.




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