Feyenoord could have claimed the Eredivisie title on Sunday but they lost to Excelsior and now risk missing out on league glory to rivals Ajax.
Victory against Excelsior would have secured Feyenoord’s 14th Eredivisie trophy but the occasion got the better of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side as they slumped to a horrible 3-0 defeat in a heated Rotterdam derby.
The fixture was played at Excelsior’s Stadion Woudestein however Feyenoord’s De Kuip was basically full as fans went to the stadium to watch the match on a big screen.
Just received this from a friend. Feyenoord could have clinched the Dutch title today. Packed stadium to watch match on a screen. Losing 0-3 pic.twitter.com/d9TbPwmYF8
— Christian Machowski (@Christian_ESEM) May 7, 2017
However, the day soon turned sour as goals from Nigel Hasselbaink, Stanley Elber and Ryan Koolwijk gave Excelsior the spoils.
Ajax beat the Go Ahead Eagles 4-0 and so Feyenoord’s buffer at the top is just one point with one round of Eredivisie fixtures remaining for all teams.
The prospect of gifting Ajax the title was seemingly too much for Feyenoord’s fans and they became violent on the streets outside of De Kuip. They clashed with police.
It was reported that Riot police arrested over 100 Feyenoord supporters in the centre of Rotterdam.
Feyenoord could have won the league today but lost 3-0 to a poor Excelsior
the supporters took the defeat well…
— one-liner (@moving_lines) May 7, 2017
“At the moment everything seems lost, but actually we still have everything to play for,” Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt told public broadcaster NOS.
Feyenoord play Heracles next while Ajax meet with Willem II.