Feyenoord are through to the quarter finals of the KNVB Cup after a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Heracles in Almelo.

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pelle feyA minute silence was held before the game in memory of Ronald Koeman’s father Martin who died earlier in the day. The Feyenoord coach was obviously absent from the game as he mourns his passing.

Feyenoord got off to a great start with Graziano Pelle making it 1-0 after only 12 minutes, with the striker volleying into the bottom corner after spinning his marker.

Heracles responded well and were level on 27 minutes through Bryan Linssen , who finished well past Erwin Mulder from inside the box.

Both sides had chances to win the game, with Stefan de Vrij seeing a header just kept out by Rempko Pasveer, while Mark Uth curled a shot inches wide for Heracles. In the final minute of normal time Ruben Schaken couldn’t finish when one on one with Pasveer, with the game heading to extra time.

Four minutes into extra time Feyenoord were reduced to ten men after De Vrij was shown a second yellow card, but despite a man advantage Heracles were unable to find a winner, and the match went to penalties.

Feyenoord triumphed in the penalty shoot out as Ben Rienstra missed the decisive penalty after the Rotterdam side perfectly scored six out of six.

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