Feyenoord ground Eagles with eight hit
Feyenoord unleashed their frustration on Go Ahead Eagles on Wednesday evening, storming to an 8-0 win at De Kuip in the Eredivisie. After having seen their lead at the top of the table cut to three points at Ajax on Sunday, a clinical Feyenoord also gained revenge for a defeat in Deventer earlier in the season. Jens Toornstra scored three times, with Eljero Elia, Dirk Kuyt, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Eric Botteghin and Michiel Kramer completing the honours.
On those occasions this season when Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have had to deal with a setback, they have got back to winning ways at De Kuip and Wednesday night was certainly no different. Coach and players had promised an instant reaction to the Amsterdam loss and it was clear from the opening moments that they meant to keep their word. Without the injured Nicolai Jørgensen Feyenoord started passionately, with three attempts on goal in the first five minutes. Go Ahead found it hard to string any kind of passing move together under intense pressure from the home side. It meant that Feyenoord pretty much had a monopoly on possession and, importantly, they also had a cutting edge. By the time the teams went in at the break, the hosts led 5-0 and the visitors were gasping for air.
The Eagles were most vulnerable down the wings, where Steven Berghuis, Eljero Elia – back from an injury layoff – and backs Bart Nieuwkoop and Miquel Nelom were a constant threat. The first goal came on 9 minutes, when Berghuis beat his man and played the ball back to Toornstra, who not for the first time this season, slotted in the opener.
The points were virtually safe by the quarter-hour mark, when Elia pulled inside from the left and powered the ball into the near corner. Feyenoord were not ready to gear down, though. The hosts continued to create chances, netting three further goals before half time. First Dirk Kuyt scored his 150th career Eredivisie goal after a move down the left that was easy on the eye. Then Toornstra stabbed in his second of the evening after a fine attack down the other wing.
The central defenders were the next to get into the act. Jan-Arie van der Heijden was in the right place on the stroke of half time to tap in after a free kick was charged down. And Eric Botteghin made it six just after the break, with an assist for Van der Heijden.
The crowd were baying for ten, but Feyenoord seemed unsure whether they wanted to keep up the tempo or take their foot off the pedal ahead of Sunday’s match at PEC Zwolle. Van Bronckhorst went for the second option, taking off Elia, Nieuwkoop and Berghuis for youngsters Emil Hansson, Gustavo Hamer and Marko Vejinovic.
By then Berghuis had grabbed his third assist of the evening, swinging in a cross that Kramer converted with his head. It was a sweet moment for Jørgensen’s replacement, who would have been frustrated with his finishing on a number of occasions in the first half.
The eighth goal came in the final stages, Toornstra smashing in his third of the evening. It rounded off a great evening for Feyenoord, who ratcheted up their goal difference to heap the pressure on chasers Ajax, 4-1 winners against AZ.