Anyone who turned up at De Kuip for the game without knowledge of the earlier results in the fourth match day of Eredivisie 2013-14 would never have thought that the hosts were the bottom side in the league. The earlier results over the weekend had left them down with the dead men. But despite three league defeats on the bounce Feyenoord dominated their visitors from the kick off.
Roared on by a passionate crowd, the hosts pinned NAC Breda back in their own half immediately, no doubt keen to get their season back on track. After a third place finish last season – and a runners-up spot the season before that – Feyenoord went into the game pointless, but certainly not desperate. Ronald Koeman’s side passed the ball around very well throughout the first half, putting their opponents under constant pressure. In the end, NAC Breda were fortunate to go in at half time just the two goals down.
The visitors experienced serious problems every time Feyenoord pressed forward. The opening goal almost arrived on the quarter hour, but Samuel Armenteros could not divert his header out of reach of keeper Jelle Ten Rouwelaar. On the half hour the Swede, on loan from RSC Anderlecht and playing at De Kuip for the first time, turned provider, whipping in a cross from the left for Pellè, who shot wide.
It was a great opportunity for Pellè to add to his goal tally for the season, but it didn’t take him long to make up for the miss. The minute hand was just a few revolutions further when the Italian nodded Feyenoord in front. It was a fine finish by Pellè, who redirected Jordy Clasie’s free kick from the left.
It was a well-deserved lead but the hosts were clearly not satisfied. Within a minute they had doubled it and, again, Pellè’s was the name on the score sheet. Straight from the restart, Ruben Schaken looked to get the ball forward. He played it in to Clasie just outside the box and the Dutch international threaded the ball through into the path of Pellè, who smashed in his second of the afternoon.
The game was all but wrapped up early in the second half when Pellè got his third. Again it was Armenteros who provided a mouth-watering cross for the target man to nod in.
It looked like plain sailing from there for the home side, but NAC made the waters a little choppier five minutes later with a goal of their own. Erwin Mulder parried Kees Kwakman’s header from a corner, but the ball fell to Joey Suk, who slotted home the rebound.
In response Feyenoord dropped back a little to close out the game. That allowed NAC Breda a little more space, but the visitors were unable to really threaten the home goal and Feyenoord ambled over the finish line to record their first three points of the season.
Feyenoord – NAC Breda 3-1
37’ 1-0 Pellè
38’ 2-0 Pellè
53’ 3-0 Pellè
58’ 3-1 Suk
Yellow: Clasie (Feyenoord), Poepon, Bodor, Verbeek, Suk, Buijs (NAC Breda)
Feyenoord: Mulder; Janmaat (72’ Van Beek), De Vrij, Martins Indi, Nelom; Clasie (90’ Vormer), Immers, Vilhena; Schaken, Pellè, Armenteros (79’ Goossens)
NAC Breda: Ten Rouwelaar; Swerts, Drost, Kwakman, Bodor; Verbeek (60’ Gilissen), Sarpong (68’ Seuntjens), Buijs; Poepon (64’ Hooi), Suk, Lurling