An early Jens Toonstra volley was enough as Feyenoord earned a slender 1-0 victory over Groningen in De Kuip.

Without the injured Robin van Persie, Jens Toornstra came into the starting eleven and after only seven minutes the midfielder opened the scoring. Jordy Clasie’s ball over the top was chested down by Toornstra who volleyed past Padt.

The away side didn’t let their heads drop after the early goal and they were within inches of an equaliser on 25 minutes as Ritsu Doan’s strike came back off the post. Ludovit Reis, Mimoun Mahi and Samir Memisevic also had decent chances to make it 1-1.

In the second half, Groningen remained dangerous on the counter, but they didn’t find an equaliser, at the other end Steven Berghuis went close twice before Tonny Vilhena hit the crossbar with a spectacular effort from distance. Berghuis also struck the woodwork in the last minute.

Feyenoord remains in third spot with the victory while Groningen are 16th.

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