Dominant Feyenoord smash seven at Sparta
Feyenoord cantered to a big win in the Rotterdam derby on Sunday afternoon. Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were far too good for their hosts at their Het Kasteel stadium, running out 7-0 winners. Tonny Vilhena (2), Dylan Vente and Jeremiah St. Juste netted in the first half, with Renato Tapia, Steven Berghuis and Bilal Basaçikoglu adding to the total in the second.
Feyenoord made a dream start in a fixture they had not won on the four last occasions. The visitors were dominant from the first whistle, scoring three goals in the opening 15 minutes. The first came early and Tonny Vilhena scored it. The midfielder left keeper Roy Kortsmit with no chance, smashing in a shot from distance on three minutes.
Vilhena doubled his tally on 28 minutes. Again, it was an effort from outside the box that did for Sparta – as has often been the case for the northern Rotterdammers this term. That made it 4-0 to Feyenoord as the visitors had already racked up two more goals by then.
Dylan Vente, replacing Nicolai Jørgensen, who was ruled out for private family reasons, had made it 2-0 on eight minutes. The striker celebrated his first start for the club with a fine header from a Jean-Paul Boëtius cross. It made him – at 18 years and 222 days old – Feyenoord’s youngster Eredivisie goal scorer since teammate Tonny Vilhena on 10 February 2013 against AZ (18 years and 38 days old).
The next attack brought a third goal. Jeremiah St. Juste rolled the ball into the empty net after Steven Berghuis had seen his effort parried by Kortsmit. The only other time that Feyenoord had netted three without reply within 15 minutes in an Eredivisie match was on 7 October 1973, against De Graafschap (7-5).
Feyenoord remained focused on scoring goals after the break. The second half was around three minutes old when Renato Tapia made it five, finishing off an inch-perfect Berghuis corner. That effectively wrapped up the game, although no one had seriously entertained the idea of a Sparta comeback, given Feyenoord’s complete and utter dominance.
The visitors were not ready to take their foot off the pedal, though. Berghuis scored one himself 20 minutes before the end, tapping in to finish off a fast break involving Boëtius and Vente, who earned himself an assist to go with his goal. Substitute Bilal Basaçikoglu had the final say, chipping and rounding Kortsmit to finish by heading into the empty goal.
Feyenoord remained completely concentrated at the back, with Brad Jones not allowing his lack of work to distract him. As a result, the odd Sparta attack came to nothing and the visitors protected their clean sheet, securing their biggest away win in the league since 9 May 1976, when FC Den Haag were thrashed 8-1.