Feyenoord fourth after methodical win against ADO
Feyenoord beat ADO Den Haag at De Kuip on Sunday to move up to fourth place in the Eredivisie. All the goals came in the second half. After strikes by Tonny Vilhena and Steven Berghuis, Lex Immers pegged one back for the visitors, but Jens Toornstra confirmed the win for the hosts.
Immediately before kick-off the packed house at De Kuip commemorated the life of Reinier Kreijermaat, who passed away earlier in the week aged 82. A handsome banner was unfurled and the former Feyenoord player was honoured with a thunderous ovation from home and visiting supports alike.
When the match did get underway, there were few chances to speak of. Nicolai Jørgensen did threaten twice before the break, though. The first time, the Dane found the side netting with a shot from Steven Berghuis’s layoff. Then, midway through the half the striker hit the post with a left-foot drive.
After the break the home crowd had a bit more to get their teeth into. Indeed, Feyenoord grabbed the lead within ten minutes of the restart. Berghuis put in a perfectly judged cross that found Tonny Vilhena, who directed his header back across goal and in.
The opener gave Feyenoord a confidence boost and the hosts quickly racked up a couple of good opportunities to double their advantage. First Jens Toornstra got his head onto a rebound, but his effort ended in the side netting. Then Karim El Ahmadi put his shot wide with only keeper Robert Zwinkels to beat.
The visitors’ keeper had no chance midway through the first half when Berghuis curled a beauty into the top corner. It was the twelfth goal of the season for Berghuis, a personal record that put him joint top of the Eredivisie scoring charts.
Berghuis appeared to have ended the match as a contest, but the visitors struck back just three minutes later. One-time Feyenoord player Lex Immers halved the lead with a shot from a corner. ADO looked to strike while the iron was hot. Within five minutes Sheraldo Becker had given Feyenoord a big scare, shooting just wide. The winger than tested Brad Jones with a hard shot, but the Australian managed to fist it clear.
The hosts regrouped and eventually delivered the killer blow ten minutes from time. Berghuis gave Toornstra the chance to shoot and he beat the keeper despite Zwinkels best efforts to keep the ball out.
With the two-goalDe Kuip in Feyenoord colours since 2 May 2004 with a goal, but he did get some vital minutes in as he works his way to full match fitness ahead of Wednesday’s vital cup tie against PSV.