Feyenoord move within two points of leaders
Feyenoord moved up to sixth place, just a couple of points off top with a 4-2 win against ADO Den Haag at a sunny De Kuip on Sunday. Three goals from Graziano Pellè and a Bruno Martins Indi strike put Feyenoord in total command, before the visitors grabbed two late goals through former Feyenoord player Ricky van Haaren.
Ahead of the game Ronald Koeman had stressed the importance of his side upping their performance levels. The coach has been pleased with recent results, but less satisfied how those results were achieved.
Koeman will probably have been happier with the way his men went about ADO Den Haag in the early stages on Sunday. Playing at a high pace Feyenoord took a well-deserved early lead. The goal itself came at the end of some excellent passing between Jordy Clasie, Lex Immers and Graziano Pellè. Clasie started the move by spraying an inch-perfect deep pass to Immers, who played the ball back to Pellè with a single touch. The Italian needed two goes at it, but the second attempt hit the back of the net to give him his seventh goal of the season.
The pace cooled off after that, but Feyenoord were scarcely troubled, save a Ricky van Haaren free kick that Erwin Mulder had to scramble to keep out.
When a second goal did arrive just ahead of the break it fell to Feyenoord, courtesy of a crafty drive from distance by Bruno Martins Indi.
The game looked to be done and dusted early in the second half, when Pellè grabbed his second of the afternoon with his right foot. It again finished off a great Feyenoord attack. The ball eventually came to Nelon, who crossed from the byline. Pellè edged past his marker to poke it in at the near post.
The Italian made it three for the afternoon and nine for the season with a penalty ten minutes later, after substitute Samuel Armenteros was brought down in the box. The spot kick was coolly dispatched to the right to make it 4-0.
The game was all but over, but Feyenoord lost their concentration to allow ADO Den Haag a couple of goals, while Mike van Duinen also missed a penalty.
The two strikes were both claimed by former Feyenoorder Ricky van Haaren. He scored his first five minutes before time after some fine work by Kramer. And with the clock ticking down he doubled his tally with a fine shot from the left.
The points were never in danger but it left a bad taste in the mouth after an otherwise successful afternoon for Feyenoord.
Feyenoord – ADO Den Haag 4-2
7’ 1-0 Pellè
44’ 2-0 Martins Indi
54’ 3-0 Pellè
64’ 4-0 Pellè (penalty)
84’ 4-1 Van Haaren
88’ 4-2 Clasie (e.d.)
Yellow: Supusepa, Van Duinen, Kramer (ADO Den Haag)
Notes: 79’ Van Duinen (ADO Den Haag) missed penalty
Feyenoord: Mulder; Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi (77’ Kongolo), Nelom; Clasie, Immers, Vilhena; Schaken (56’ Armenteros), Pellè, Boëtius (63’ Goossens).
ADO Den Haag: Coutinho (58’ De Zwart); Zuiverloon, Beugelsdijk, Supusepa, Meijers; Malone, Alberg (87’ Bakker), Van Haaren; Gehrt, Van Duinen, Cabral (46’ Kramer).