Rampant Feyenoord too good for N.E.C.
Feyenoord returned to winning ways on Sunday after their midweek cup exit to record a 4-0 win against N.E.C. at De Kuip. First-half goals from Steven Berghuis and Eljero Elia were due reward for an incisive display in the opening 45 minutes. The polish was applied in the final five minutes by Nicolai Jorgensen, who netted twice. The win keeps Feyenoord five points ahead of Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie.
The hosts went about their business with plenty of energy and go-forward from the first whistle. They were urged on by Giovanni van Bronckhorst who set the tone by racing to retrieve the ball when it went out of play in the early stages. The coach’s actions earned him a round of applause from the home crowd, but above all it allowed his side to keep up the pressure on the visitors.
By the time the match kicked off Feyenoord already knew that rivals Ajax and PSV had both secured three points from their respective fixtures. The hosts did not start as well as they might have liked, but still went close to opening the scoring through Eric Botteghin (blocked shot) and Eljero Elia (cross tipped over by keeper Joris Delle), while Mohamed Rayhi also threatened at the other end. The opening goal fell to Feyenoord, however, and it came on the half hour. Elia beat Mikael Dyrestam before crossing. Steven Berghuis met the ball with a wicked strike to score.
Elia turned scorer on the stroke of half time to double the home side’s lead. Dirk Kuyt played him in with a cute chip – Elia turned quickly to smash the ball into the near corner.
Elia remained in the dressing room after the break as Bilal Basaçikoglu came on in his stead. And the substitute was immediately involved in the action, splitting the defence to set up Berghuis. The forward failed to convert, though, just as he had spurned an earlier chance when Delle saved following a fine one-two with Rick Karsdorp. Jens Toornstra also went close, only to see his header from a perfectly measured Basaçikoglu cross hit the top of the bar.
With so many chances spurned, it looked like Feyenoord would have to settle for just the two goals. Until Nicolai Jorgensen made his presence felt, that is, netting twice in the final stages. The first was a tap-in with an assist for Bart Nieuwkoop just a minute after he had come on. The Dane then made it four after Basaçikoglu beat keeper Delle in the air. It was Jorgense’s fourteenth goal of the season and a further boost to the hosts’ goal difference
It confirmed Feyenoord’s third straight Eredivisie victory since the end of the winter break in a run that has not seen them concede a goal. That record, coupled with the way they brushed aside their opponents, will leave Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men feeling confident ahead of next Sunday’s match at FC Twente.