Feyenoord have lifted the Johan Cruyff Shield, beating Vitesse 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in De Kuip. 

The annual Dutch football curtain raiser was played at De Kuip for the first time and it seemed like a home match for Feyenoord as they dominated the early stages. After only seven minutes it was 1-0 with Jean Paul Boetius setting up Jens Toornstra to fire past Eloy Room.

However, despite the early dominance Feyenoord failed to add to their lead and Vitesse grew in confidence. Just before the break Bryan Linssen went close to netting a surprise equaliser.

Ten minutes into the second half, Karim El Ahmadi brought down Tim Matavz in the box, but the referee didn’t point to the spot as Feyenoord broke down the other end and netted through Nicolai Jorgensen. Referee Danny Makkelie decided to review the footage and awarded Vitesse a penalty. Alexander Buttner made no mistake to make it 1-1.

Both sides went close to finding a winner in an entertaining last half hour, but it ended 1-1 meaning for the first time the Johan Cruyff Shield would be decided by penalties. Tim Matavz and Milot Rashica both missed their penalties for Vitesse and with Feyenoord perfect from the spot, Nicolai Jorgensen wrapped up the win.

Feyenoord lift the Johan Cruyff shield for the third time in their history and start their season in good fashion ahead of their title defence, which begins next week.




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