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PSV saw their dream of winning the title for the third time in a row slip away after a 2-1 defeat at Feyenoord on Sunday afternoon. Feyenoord have now opened an eleven-point gap with the defending champions.
2.30 pm: 8 points
PSV went into the game knowing that only a win would do to reduce the eight-point gap and keep their title chances alive.
Pereiro returns to the starting XI
PSV head coach Phillip Cocu made one change, bringing on Pereiro for Bergwijn as his team went in search of their seventh consecutive win.
2.41 pm: 11 points
The hosts burst out of the blocks and created some fine chances in the opening exchanges. Zoet made two saves to keep his team in the game but the deadlock was broken on nine minutes. Kongolo burst down the left and his cross was fired into the top corner by Toornstra: 1-0.
PSV fought themselves back into the game without creating any chances of note. Referee Nijhuis waved play on when Pereiro went down in the box, much to the dismay of the PSV players. Marko van Ginkel sustained an injury following a nasty challenge by Berghuis and was replaced by Steven Bergwijn.
3.52 pm: 8 points
It was all square again in Rotterdam on 59 minutes. Davy Pröpper played in Gastón Pereiro and the Uruguayan found himself some space before curling home a lovely shot into the bottom corner: 1-1.
The hosts continued to dominate and Berghuis came close but only hit the post. At the other end, Bergwijn had a great goal scoring opportunity with ten minutes remaining but Karsdorp made a last-gasp tackle to deny PSV’s young winger.
4.24 pm: 11 points
Van der Heijden headed home two minutes later. Zoet stopped his header but goalline technology said the ball had crossed the line. It proved to be the winning goal.
‘Title race is over’
Cocu: ‘We were outclassed in the opening exchanges as some players were impressed by the terrific atmosphere in the stadium. When we were a goal down we found our rhythm and when it was 1-1 we had an opportunity to take the lead. But Feyenoord deserved the win. The title race is over but we will try to finish the season in second playing and book a place in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round.”