Feyenoord’s poor start to the season continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Eredivisie newcomers Willem II at De Kuip.

armewillFeyenoord coach Fred Rutten handed a debut to goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer but the former Ajax goalkeeper’s first job of the night was to pick the ball out of his net after only eight minutes. Former Feyenoord forward Samuel Armenteros cross to the back post was slammed first time into the net by Frank van der Struijk.

Willem II doubled their lead after 22 minutes when Terell Ondaan raced to the byline before finding Armenteros in the box, and the Belgian fired over Vermeer to stun the home crowd.

Before the break Feyenoord were denied a penalty when Terence Kongolo appeared to be tripped in the box while Lex Immers dragged a shot wide, and Jean Paul Boetius wasted a fantastic chance.

Fred Rutten introduced Colin Kazim-Richards in the second half and the striker pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes to go with a neat header from Luke Wilkshere’s cross. The Turkish international then came close to equalising with an audacious overhead kick, while Jens Toornstra struck the post.

Willem II held on to record their first Eredivisie away victory since a 1-0 win over RKC back in 2009, while Feyenoord have only managed five points from their opening five games.


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