VIDEO: Extraordinary scenes as Dutch title race gets heated after PSV's Lens sparks tunnel brawl with Feyenoord defender Mathijsen
06:52 GMT, 25 February 2013
09:53 GMT, 25 February 2013
Feyenoord may have cut the lead at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie to three points after a 2-1 win over league leaders PSV Eindhoven – but the main talking point came off the pitch.
PSV goalscorer Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel – and a brawl occurred.
The two players had been involved in a row on the pitch and Lens was keen to continue the row after the game.
Scroll down to watch a video of the brawl
Head to head: PSV Eindhoven Jeremain Lens and Feyenoord's Joris Mathijsen squared up in the tunnel
Come here: Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel and squared up to him
Getting heated: Lens and Mathijsen become embroiled in a row
The incident, which was caught on video, shows Lens waiting for Mathijsen in the communal area and squaring up to him when he appeared.
Lens grabbed a chunk of Mathijsen’s shirt, players from PSV and Feyenoord both piled into the mix to separate the warring pair.
That, in turn, sparked a physical melee between the sides whilst the officials were in close proximity.
Earlier, on the pitch, Feyenoord had came from a goal down to win the game and cut the gap at the top of the league.
VIDEO: Watch Jeremain Lens and Joris Mathijsen start tunnel brawl
The Feyenoord fightback put the Rotterdam club in third place on 47 points, just three points behind PSV.
Second-place Ajax wasted a chance to draw level on points with PSV when it had to rely on a late goal by Lasse Schoene to salvage a 1-1 draw with ADO The Hague.
In-form forward Lens gave PSV the lead in the 34th minute, finishing off a one-two with Tim Matavz after Feyenoord midfielder Jordie Clasie had needlessly given the ball away.
Getting stuck in: Players from both sides got involved in the brawl
Clasie made amends early in the second half when his pass freed winger Ruben Schaken to draw Feyenoord level. Graziano Pelle sealed all three points for Feyenoord with a 68th-minute strike.
‘We were behind at the break, but didn't deserve to be,’ Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman said. ‘We lacked conviction in the first half, particularly in attack. We managed to put that right in the second half. We were better, more aggressive, won more tackles, were more threatening and in the end we deserved to win.’