Van Persie scores and is sent off as Feyenoord beat Vitesse

Robin van Persie was the match-winner for Feyenoord, but also received his marching orders, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side came from behind to beat nine-man Vitesse 2-1 at the Stadion Feijenoord on Sunday.

The visitors took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark when Vitesse's Matus Bero finished from an acute angle after his initial header came back off the post.

A subdued Feyenoord looked a different team after half-time and Eric Botteghin headed in Steven Berghuis' corner just two minutes into the second half to level matters.

Vitesse's task was made all the harder when Thomas Bruns was shown a straight red card for a stamp on the heel of Feyenoord's Jordy Clasie past the hour.

The hosts finally made the extra man count when Robin van Persie curled in a brilliant 87th minute free-kick for his sixth league goal of the season. But the match was not done there.

Van Persie received his marching orders into stoppage time for a late challenge on Vitesse's Max Clark.

The visitors ended the match with nine men when Danilho Doekhi was also shown a straight red card for a poorly-timed challenge on Yassin Ayoub before the final whistle sounded.

Feyenoord saw out a 2-1 win - they sit third, level on 16 points with second-placed Ajax and five behind leaders PSV Eindhoven after seven games.

Vitesse, meanwhile, are in seventh on nine points and with just two league wins on the board this season.



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