Feyenoord slumped to a 3-2 defeat against Willem II in De Kuip on Saturday evening.

Feyenoord, who are in a battle for third with AZ Alkmaar, started with youngster Orkun Kokcu in midfield instead of Jens Toornstra.

The 18-year-old went close to opening the scoring early on with a strike from distance. In the 20th minute, Feyenoord deservedly took the lead through a lovely Steven Berghuis strike.

However, the lead only lasted five minutes before Freek Heerkens capitalised on slack defending to net from a corner.

Ten minutes into the second half, Eric Botteghin restored Feyenoord’s lead with an excellent header, but once again the hosts failed to keep Willem II out. Fernando Lewis surprised Kenneth Vermeer to equalise once again.

Feyenoord pushed for the lead but in the 69th minute, Alexander Isak danced through the hosts defence before slotting past Vermeer to make it 3-2.

Nicolai Jorgensen and Jens Toornstra came off the bench and it seemed the latter had equalised late on. However, after consulting VAR, referee Pol van Boekel ruled it out for a soft foul.

The loss means Feyenoord are only three points ahead of AZ, who host Ajax on Sunday. Willem II rise to eighth.

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