Feyenoord are still looking for their first league win of the season after being held to a 1-1 draw by Utrecht.

Jaap Stam decided to hand Liam Kelly his first start in the Eredivisie, while Sam Larsson, Luis Sinisterra, Luciano Narsingh and Steven Berghuis all featured in an attacking Feyenoord line-up. John van den Brom dropped Nick Venema in favour of Issah Abass.

Van den Brom’s decision paid off in the ninth minute as Larsson’s poor ball was picked up by Abass, who ran from his own half and into the Feyenoord box before finishing low past Kenneth Vermeer to give Utrecht the lead.

Feyenoord pushed for an equaliser but Martin Paes was barely troubled by efforts from Berghuis and Kelly. At the other end, Abass capitalised on an error from Jan-Arie van der Heijden but this time his finish went wide.

At the break, Stam reacted and brought in Leroy Fer and Edgar Ie for Van der Heijden and Larsson. Five minutes into the second half, the home side were level with Ridgeciano Haps hammering a strike past Paes from just outside the box.

Fifteen minutes from time, Simon Gustafson could have given Utrecht the lead but Vermeer rushed out of his goal to deny his former teammate. Vermeer also kept out a long range effort from Patrick Joosten.

Just before the end, Renato Tapia could have given Feyenoord the win but his header sailed over the bar and Utrecht held on for a point.

Utrecht move onto seven points while Feyenoord are only on three after three games. On Thursday, Feyenoord face Hapoel Beer Sheva in the first-leg of their Europa League playoff.

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