Feyenoord sink PSV to help Ajax, FC Twente in title race

09:05, April 25, 2011      

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PSV lost the lead in the Dutch league on Sunday after a 3-1 defeat at Feyenoord.

FC Twente, which beat ADO Den Haag 2-1 on Friday, took over the lead. They now are one point ahead of Ajax, which defeated Excelsior 4-1, and three points ahead of PSV.

Feyenoord opened the scoring in Rotterdam when Georginio Wijnaldum headed in a Diego Biseswar cross in the 27th minute. With substitute Ola Toivonen instead of Atiba Hutchinson PSV coach Fred Rutten pushed his team forward, but a red card for Orlando Engelaar thwarted his plans. The PSV captain was sent off after a tackle on Luc Castaignos.

PSV did bounce back with a long distance rebound shot by Toivonen after Zakaria Labyad had hit the post. Just like the first goal Wijnaldum made it 2-1 after a Biseswar cross and Luc Castaignos secured the victory.

Coach Rutten was furious after maybe losing the title in Rotterdam. "I am angry at myself, because I am part of the team, and I am angry at the team," he told Dutch football channel Eredivisie Live.

According to Rutten the red card was an incorrect decision by referee Bjrn Kuipers. "Engelaar was just playing the ball," he said. "He did nothing wrong. It cost us the match and the title."

Meanwhile the Feyenoord goals were shown on the giant TV screens in the Amsterdam Arena and caused even more applause than the Ajax goals. Lorenzo Ebecilio gave Ajax the lead against Excelsior and defender Daan Bovenberg headed in the surprising equalizer ten minutes after half-time. In the final phase Ajax took control. Christian Eriksen, Ebecilio and Siem de Jong handed Ajax the 4-1 win with the latter scoring with a beautiful bicycle- kick in injury-time.

Reigning champions Twente beat ADO 2-1 on Friday in The Hague thanks to a late Luuk de Jong goal. FC Utrecht beat Vitesse 4-2 on Sunday and FC Groningen defeated NEC Nijmegen 3-1. On Saturday Heracles Almelo won 2-0 against De Graafschap, Roda JC Kerkrade crushed NAC Breda 5-1, VVV-Venlo drew 2-2 against sc Heerenveen and bottom side Willem II surprised AZ with a 2-1 win.

With two matches remaining, FC Twente and Ajax both have their title chances in their own hands. On the final match day Ajax play at home against Twente.

Source: Xinhua
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