Dominant display sees off N.E.C.
Feyenoord took advantage of slipups by FC Twente and Vitesse to move level on points with both clubs in the Eredivisie on Saturday night. Ronald Koeman’s side proved far too strong for N.E.C., running out 5-1 winners at De Kuip. The visitors took an early lead, but once they had drawn level through Lex Immers Feyenoord dominated the encounter. Two goals each for Graziano Pellè and Jean-Paul Boëtius wrapped up the win. The match also featured two missed penalties – Pellè in the first half and Søren Rieks for the visitors after the break.
Feyenoord got off to a very poor start, which was perhaps partly down to a number of enforced changes. Ruben Schaken returned from injury to replace the ill Samuel Armenteros, Miquel Nelom started in the place of the suspended Bruno Martins Indi and John Goossens came in for Jordy Clasie, who was about to become a father.
The changes appeared to disrupt the hosts, who found it hard to keep hold of the ball early doors, especially in midfield. As a result, N.E.C. were able to apply plenty of pressure, so an early goal for the visitors certainly did not come against the run of play.
Søren Rieks should have opened his account as early as the first minute, when he shot straight at Erwin Mulder, who fisted clear. But the Dane did get his goal on eleven minutes, meeting Michael Higdon’s header down to volley past Mulder.
The goal drew the right response from the home side, jolting Feyenoord into action. The equaliser came midway through the half, when Lex Immers finished off at the far post after a well worked move down the left involving Jean-Paul Boetius and Miquel Nelom .
N.E.C. suddenly found themselves under the cosh, as Feyenoord peppered Kalle Johnsson’s goal efforts. The hosts moved ahead ten minutes before the break. Top scorer Pellè slotted home after Daryl Janmaat slid the ball into his path to round off another fine move.
There might have been a third four minutes later, when Boëtius was brought down in the box, but this time Pellè was less precise and Swedish keeper Johnsson saved his spot kick.
It might have crossed Ronald Koeman’s mind that the penalty miss could prove costly, bearing in mind Roda JC Kerkrade’s second half performance against his side in midweek, but his side were in no mood to let history repeat itself.
Boëtius slotted in a third goal early in the second half to give the hosts some breathing space and effectively break the visitors’ resistance. That said, the Nijmegen outfit did go on to squander a spot kick of their own. This time N.E.C. scorer Rieks saw his effort parried by Erwin Mulder.
Feyenoord were thus able to play out the game without pressure, allowing them to put on a bit of a show for the sell-out crowd. That especially went for the hosts’ fourth goal of the night. The game was an hour old when Pellè struck from the edge of the box to leave Johnsson helpless.
There was even time for a fifth, as Boëtius claimed his second of the match, deftly placing his shot in the far corner.
Feyenoord – N.E.C. 5-1
11’ 0-1 Rieks
26’ 1-1 Immers
35’ 2-1 Pellè
55’ 3-1 Boëtius
59’ 4-1 Pellè
78’ 5-1 Boëtius
Yellow: Janmaat, Boëtius (Feyenoord), Mulder, Van Eijden (N.E.C.)
Notes: 39’ Pellè missed penalty. 64’ Rieks missed penalty.
Feyenoord: Mulder; Janmaat, De Vrij, Kongolo, Nelom; Vilhena, Goossens (66’ Bakkal), Immers; Schaken (81’ Verhoek), Pellè (75’ Te Vrede), Boëtius
N.E.C.: Johnsson; Vermijl (46’ Mulder), Van Eijden, Nielsen, Conboy; Koolwijk (46’ Gravenberch), Foor, Rieks; Hemleinn (73’ Jahanbakhsh), Higdon, Jantscher