Feyenoord secure second place in style
Feyenoord will play in the third qualifying round of the Champions League next season, after claiming the runner-up position in the Eredivisie with a 5-1 win against sc Cambuur at De Kuip on Sunday. Head coach Ronald Koeman was given a stellar send-off in his final home match, with goals by Ruud Vormer, Tonny Vilhena (2), Graziano Pellè and Jean-Paul Boëtius.
The home fans showed their appreciation for three solid seasons under Koeman with sixty seconds of applause twelve minutes in. The head coach would have in turn appreciated the gesture, but he was too busy coaching from the sidelines to show much recognition.
Koeman had stated before the game that any celebration of his reign was less important than three vital points against a potentially dangerous Leeuwarden outfit.
With that in mind, Koeman would not have been overly happy with his side’s performance in the first forty-five. Playing in a 5-3-2 formation for the first time at De Kuip, Feyenoord had the upper hand, but found it tough to break down their stubborn visitors.
The hosts did take the lead midway through the half, Ruud Vormer shooting hard and true into he bottom corner after a one-two with Graziano Pellè, but the best chances fell to Cambuur.
Daryl Janmaat prevented the hosts from going behind early in the game, by clearing off the line. On twenty minutes Mohamed El Makrini hit a post and half an hour in Martijn Barto headed over from a corner.
The Cambuur striker finally notched an equaliser just ahead of the break, slipping a shot past keeper Kostas Lamprou from a Jody Lukoki pass.
Koeman decided to take action at the break, switched to his tried-and-tested three-striker formation and bringing on Boëtius for Bruno Martins Indi.
That had the desired effect early in the second half. Feyenoord started strongly and Pellė had a huge chance within a couple of minutes. Kongolo played him in, but the Italian’s shot brought an exceptional save from Harm Zeinstra. It was to be short reprieve for the visitors, though. Vilhena headed in from the resulting corner to edge Feyenoord back in front.
A similar scenario twenty minutes later put further daylight between the sides. This time later it was Boëtius who tested the keeper. Ruud Vormer whipped in the corner, and Pellè nodded in at the near post. It was the Italian’s fiftieth league goal for the club.
That broke Cambuur’s resistance and prompted a party atmosphere at De Kuip as Ronald Koeman’s tenure wound down. There was just enough time for Feyenoord to turn on the style in the final few minutes, with further goals by Vilhena and Boëtius.
Vilhena stayed cool eye to eye with he keeper to make it four, then Boëtius finished it with a fine long-range poke into the top corner.
Feyenoord – sc Cambuur 5-1
24’ 1-0 Vormer
42’ 1-1 Barto
49’ 2-1 Vilhena
72’ 3-1 Pellè
87’ 4-1 Vilhena
89’ 5-1 Boëtius
Yellow: Droste, Dijkstra, Lukoki (sc Cambuur)
Feyenoord: Lamprou; Janmaat (66’ Van Beek), De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi (46’ Boëtius), Kongolo; Clasie, Vilhena, Vormer; Schaken (78’ Nelom), Pellè
sc Cambuur: Zeinstra, Droste, Dijkstra, Leeuwin (76’ Hemmen), Bijker; Bakker (66’ Ritzmaier), Van Moorsel, El Makrini; Lukoki, Barto,Manu (33’ Ogbeche)