A late Robin van Persie free-kick saw Feyenoord defeat Vitesse 2-1 in a game that included three straight red cards.

After his hattrick in midweek, Dylan Vente was brought into the starting line-up for Feyenoord in place of Sam Larsson, who dropped to the bench.

Feyenoord began the game poorly and found themselves behind at the break after Matus Bero netted for the visitors. Bero headed a Roy Beerens cross against the post but the ball landed back at his feet and he finished past Kenneth Vermeer.

At the break, Giovanni van Bronckhorst hooked Jens Toornstra for Larsson and two minutes into the second half the hosts were level. Steven Berghuis saw his strike saved but from the following corner, Botteghin headed in. Seven minutes later it seemed that Berghuis had given Feyenoord the lead, but after checking VAR, Serdar Gözübüyük ruled the goal out for offside.

Vitesse were then reduced to ten men when Thomas Bruns saw red for stamping on Jordy Clasie and minutes later, Tim Matavz had to be stretchered from the pitch after a serious looking knee injury.

With three minutes to go, Van Persie curled an excellent free-kick into the net to secure the three points for Feyenoord. However, the striker was shown a straight red card a minute later for a poor challenge on Max Clark. In the final minute, Vitesse defender Danilho Doekhi was also sent off.

The victory means Feyenoord return to third while Vitesse sit 7th.

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