Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Feyenoord lose to send title fight to final day

Feyenoord lose to send title fight to final day

Feyenoord missed a chance to win the Eredivisie title as they suffered a shock 3-0 away defeat to Excelsior.

Giovanni van Bronckhurst's side required three points at Stadion Woudestein to secure their first league title in 18 years, with 50,000 Feyenoord supporters gathering at their home ground to watch the match on giant screens. After this setback, the victor of the league will be decided in the last round, as second-placed Ajax thrashed Go Ahead Eagles 4-0, reports Efe.

Victory would have meant a first championship since 1999 for the former European Cup winners, but instead they go into the final round of matches next Sunday with a slender advantage over Ajax. Almost two decades on they stand on the brink of a 15th domestic title. The leaders also have a +5 goal difference over their rivals.

In next week's final round, Feyenoord are at home to Heracles Almelo while Ajax travel to Tilburg to take on Willem II.

"It's important to remain calm and focus on the things we need to do, the same things we have been doing so well all season. We need one more win and we are not thinking about anything else except that", added the former Dutch worldwide defender.

It went into the final weekend of 2015-16 leading the league, only to lose out on the title to PSV as it failed to beat De Graafschap.

Feyenoord have 79 points from 33 matches, a point ahead of Ajax.

Since they were last champions under then manager Leo Beenhakker, Feyenoord have been forced to watch perennial rivals Ajax and PSV Eindhoven dominate the game in the Netherlands.

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