Feyenoord brush aside Excelsior
Feyenoord strengthened their position in fourth place in the Eredivisie on Sunday. Head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s were too good for Excelsior, winning 5-0 at De Kuip. With five matches left to play Feyenoord now have a three-point lead over fifth-placed FC Utrecht, who lost at the weekend.
The hosts displayed ruthless efficiency in the first half, with three goals before the break. The first came within three minutes. Jean-Paul Boëtius had already tested Theo Zwarthoed once. The second left the Excelsior keeper with no chance. Boëtius curled an effort into the far corner, before celebrating with his supplier Jens Toornstra and Tonny Vilhena, who had stepped over the ball to let it run to him.
The home crowd did have to wait a while for the second goal. On 27 minutes the roles were reversed, with Boëtius passing to Toornstra, who made the most of the space behind the defence to head over Zwarthoed.
There was another to come before the break, though. Vilhena kept his composure when he was put through on goal by Steven Berghuis. The midfielder shot low to score his tenth league goal of the season, a personal record.
Berghuis grabbed goal number four after 55 minutes. He made space for himself, racing towards the edge of the penalty area. A pin-point drive into the bottom left-hand corner gave the forward goal number 13 of the campaign, another personal record, albeit his first in the league since the end of the January.
The hefty lead allowed Giovanni van Bronckhorst to bring on a few replacements for some game time. Sofyan Amrabat, Sam Larsson and Bilal Basaçikoglu were all introduced within a short space of time, for Vilhena, Boëtius and Berghuis respectively. Basaçikoglu in particular wasted no time making a difference, whipping in a cross with a quarter of an hour to play that Jordy de Wijs put through his own goal to complete the 5-0 win.