PSV Eindhoven are now only two points ahead of Ajax after being held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Feyenoord in the Philips Stadion.

Ajax’s victory over ADO Den Haag put added pressure on PSV, who had drawn their last two games. A victory was needed but Feyenoord have been a bogey side for Mark van Bommel this season, coming out on top in the Johan Cruijff Schaal before defeating the leaders 2-1 in Rotterdam.

Luuk de Jong missed the biggest chance of a poor first half for PSV, firing wide when played in by Steven Bergwijn. Feyenoord, who dropped Robin van Persie to the bench, dominated possession and troubled Jeroen Zoet through Tonny Vilhena and Jens Toornstra while Nicolai Jorgensen put a chance wide.

At the break, Gaston Pereiro was switched for Cody Gakpo but the first big chance of the second half was for Feyenoord. Jorgensen was played in on goal but the striker’s low strike was well saved by Zoet. The rebound landed at Toornstra’s feet but he lashed wide.

Feyenoord were comfortable but just before the hour mark a ball over the top caught out Sven van Beek and he brought down Bergwijn. As the last man, Van Beek was shown a straight red card.

Despite having the man advantage, PSV failed to make it count and it was Feyenoord who took the lead in the 70th minute. Jorgensen found the bottom corner with a strike from distance.

The lead only lasted a minute before Lozano stretched out a foot to steer Cody Gakpo’s cross into the top corner.

Steven Berghuis almost gave Feyenoord the lead again with a strike that had to be tipped round the post. However, after that it was all PSV, who missed several chances to get the victory.

Vermeer kept out Bergwijn three times before making saves from Gakpo and Dumfries. PSV poured forward but could not beat the goalkeeper and they were held to a draw for the third straight match.

PSV are now only two points ahead of Ajax, while Feyenoord remains third.

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