Ten-man Feyenoord hold on to win in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Feyenoord secured their first win in Amsterdam since 2001 when goals from Salomon Kalou and Dirk Kuijt beat Ajax 2-1 in the Dutch first division on Sunday.
Ivorian Kalou opened the scoring after 15 minutes as he ran on to a pass from Dirk Kuijt and left goalkeeper Hans Vonk no chance with a placed shot.
Ajax struggled to build much in response, facing the same lack of creativity as in midweek when they needed two long distance strikes to overcome Brondby to qualify for the Champions League.
'We started well in the first 10 minutes and had a good chance with Markus Rosenberg, but where Kuijt scores for Feyenoord in a similar situation we don't,' Ajax coach Danny Blind said.
'We didn't defend tightly enough and gave Feyenoord the opportunity to get back in the match. We created six chances and scored ones, while Feyenoord hit two out of three and that made the difference.'
Blind started the second half with Greek Angelos Haristeas instead of the disappointing Rosenberg but a minute after the interval Feyenoord doubled the lead.
Kalou broke through on the right flank and set up Kuijt for his third of the season.
Ferne Snoijl then kept the two-goal lead intact by clearing one off the line soon after in the 71st minute he was dismissed for his second booking.
Ajax stepped up the pace and their pressure was rewarded 11 minutes from time when Haristeas cashed in on some poor defending to score.
However, Feyenoord held out to make it three wins out of three and keep them level at the top with AZ Alkmaar and RKC Waalwijk following their respective 5-0 win at Vitesse Arnhem and 3-1 success at NEC Nijmegen on Saturday.
'Beforehand we knew that Ajax played better football then us, therefore it was important to start with a good positional play,' Feyenoord's Erwin Koeman said.
'We played well in the first half, and faced some problems after the break also caused by the dismissal.
'We scored at the right moments and that helped us through the match although we had some luck in the final phase.'
Champions PSV Eindhoven are in action later on Sunday at Roda JC Kerkrade.