In a preview of the KNVB Cup final, Feyenoord defeated AZ Alkmaar 2-1 in De Kuip.

AZ Alkmaar have had a tremendous season but have yet to win against any of the traditional top three, with Feyenoord hammering them 4-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Without Robin van Persie who had a slight issue, Feyenoord had the best chances early on with Nicolai Jorgensen forcing a great save out of Marco Bizot, while the Dane also missed a Karim El Ahmadi’s cross from close range. At the other end Brad Jones was equal to a Oussama Idrissi effort.

AZ thought they had a penalty on 22 minutes when Guus Til’s cross clearly hit the arm of Jan-Arie van der Heijden, but Dennis Higler didn’t point to the spot. This left the AZ players furious and Alireza Jahanbakhsh saw yellow for his protests.

The visitors mood didn’t improve as Feyenoord took the lead on the half-hour mark as Jean-Paul Boetius seized upon a poor pass by Pantelis Hatzidiakos before slotting past Bizot. Steven Berghuis then hit the post as Feyenoord went close to a second, while AZ should have equalised just before the break but Weghorst fired wide.

John van den Brom was clearly unhappy with his side with Hatzidiakos and Idrissi replaced at half-time by Ron Vlaar and Mats Seuntjens. AZ did dominate possession in the opening stages of the second half but failed to create many chances apart from a Weghorst header which didn’t trouble Jones.

Fifteen minutes before the end, Nicolai Jorgensen doubled the hosts lead, racing onto a Berghuis pass before firing past Bizot. It was the Dane’s first league goal since December.

In the final minute, Wout Weghorst pulled one back with a fine volley from close range, but it was nothing but a consolation as Feyenoord held on.

Feyenoord stay fifth after the win but close the gap on fourth spot to two points. AZ are still comfortably third but will need to improve next month when the KNVB Cup is at stake.

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