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Van Persie scores winner, sent off in wild Feyenoord finish

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Robin Van Persie had an eventful final few minutes as Feyenoord pulled into a crowded top of the Eredivisie table seven matches into the season.

With Feyenoord and 10-man Vitesse Arnham even at De Kuip in the 87th minute, van Persie took a free-kick from outside the top-right of the box and unleashed a cannon that found the far corner, past a wrong-footed Eduardo. It put Feyenoord up 2-1, and looked in great shape to move into third in the Eredivisie standings.

That is likely van Persie’s final significant game action for some time.

The 35-year-old lunged in studs up from behind on Vitesse substitute Max Clark, earning him a straight red card. That comes with the standard three-match suspension, which would leave van Persie on the sidelines for the team’s big match against second-placed Ajax on October 28. It’s a big loss for Feyenoord, as van Persie is now joint-third in the Eredivisie goal tally with six goals through the first seven matches.

On the other side, Vitesse eventually saw two of its own sent off. First, Thomas Bruns saw a straight red card in the 63rd minute for a dangerous tackle from behind, while Danilho Doekhi earned his second yellow three minutes deep into stoppage time after van Persie had already been sent to the showers.

San Jose’s Kashia honored with inaugural UEFA award

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The first winner of FIFA’s #EqualGame award is currently plying his trade in Major League Soccer.

Georgian captain Guram Kashia is now with San Jose Earthquakes, but was the focus of anti-LGBT ire last season while leading Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

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Kashia wore a rainbow-colored captain’s arm band for Vitesse in support of the LGBT community, and was met with a violent response.

According to the BBC:

Anti-LGBT protestors in his homeland reacted with riots, smoke bombs and flares. A rainbow flag was burned outside the headquarters of the Georgian Football Federation, while the defender faced threats and abuse, with calls made for him to be dropped from the national team.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin celebrated Kashia for preaching “tolerance and acceptance, and help(ing to) change perceptions of this minority group in his native country of Georgia.”

Kashia will be honored by the Quakes before their Aug. 29 game against FC Dallas.

How’s Matt Miazga doing in the Netherlands? Well, he scored this weekend

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Chelsea loanee and USMNT center back Matt Miazga scooped up his second Eredivisie goal on Friday as Vitesse beat Groningen 1-0.

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Miazga, 22, has gone 90 minutes all but once since rejoining the starting lineup on Sept. 9 in his second loan stint with the club.

So how’s he doing in his bid to pull an Andreas Christensen and put himself on Chelsea’s radar?

Miazga is sixth in minutes for his club despite only playing 60 minutes across his first three matches in easing his way back into Eredivisie life.

His tackle numbers are surprisingly low — .7 per game, good for 16th on Vitesse — but he’s the right side of a dynamite CB partnership as with team captain and Georgian veteran Guram Kashia.

They are first and second on the team in clearances, offsides drawn, and blocks, while Miazga has a stingy .3 times dribbled past per match (WhoScored.com). Miazga’s 5.5 clearances are 15th most in the league, and his .9 blocks sit tied for sixth.

Vitesse is sixth in Eredivisie, in a five or six team mess of teams competing for a spot in the Dutch top flight’s European competition playoffs.

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Vitesse is again contending for a place in Europe, and an American has been a decent part of the campaign.

On-loan Chelsea back Miazga, 22, has played in 13 matches for the Dutch set, which sits sixth in the Eredivisie.

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He also scored his first league goal this weekend, nodding home from a corner kick. This on the heels of a strong performance against Lazio in the Europa League. Vitesse picked up a 1-1 draw, with Miazga playing every minute.

The ex-New York Red Bulls man is growing into his skill set in an attack-first league, so it makes sense he’s adding to the offense.

Miazga is completing almost 84 percent of his passes, and is averaging 3.1 aerial duels won per match. He leads his team in clearances (5.5/game), and drawn offside (.5).

Getting anywhere near the Chelsea team is a challenge, even if Miazga got a look or two after his January 2016 transfer.

Miazga is a year older than Danish CB Andreas Christensen, who got two Borussia Monchengladbach loans before growing into a role with the Blues. And 23-year-old Kurt Zouma is having a good year at Stoke.

The American could do worse than refining his game in the offense-first culture of the Netherlands, and perhaps it would serve him to become a permanent part of their set-up. He’s done enough overseas to become a person of interest for other top tier clubs.

At this point, the move looks a success.

VAR decision affects Dutch Super Cup, Feyenoord victorious

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Vitesse Arnhem equalized in the second stanza during Saturday’s Dutch Super Cup match against Feyenoord, but there was a bit of controversy surrounding the sequence that led to the goal.

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Alexander Büttner converted from the penalty spot in the 58th minute to level things up for the reigning Dutch Cup champions, but video replay came into play moments earlier to help decide the call.

Vitesse attacker Karim El Ahmadi looked to have been taken down inside the penalty area during the 55th minute, however, the referee waved play on initially.

From there, Feyenoord went on the counterattack and scored a goal of their own on the opposite end through Nicolai Jorgensen, making the match 2-0.

After video replay showed a foul inside the penalty area committed on Al Ahmadi, the referee pointed to the spot.

Feyenoord went on to win the match on penalty kicks after the fixture finished level at 1-1 during regulation.