The visitors arrived in Rotterdam with little to play for but pride. Peter Bosz’s men had secured their place in the league a week before, leading the coach to challenge his team to play without fear at De Kuip. Unfortunately for him, his players took him a little too literally.
From the off Heracles showed a kamikaze attitude, throwing everything into attack at the expense of any defensive considerations. The lopsided approach had serious albeit expected consequences – every time Feyenoord won the ball the visitors found themselves on the back foot.
The inevitable home goal on 20 minutes, an exhilarating free kick into the top corner by Goossens, seemed not to faze the visitors, who continued to focus only on offence.
It allowed Feyenoord to put them under enormous pressure in the opening 45 minutes. The hosts racked up no fewer than 15 attempts on goal, some of which were handed to them on a plate.
Not least a decisive one just ahead of half time, when Lex Immers played in Ruben Schaken. The striker, who had easily lost his marker, was left in space in the box, forcing keeper Remko Pasveer to race out and dive at his feet. It all ended badly for the goalie, with Schaken on the floor and referee Van Boekel flashing his red card. Pellè stepped up to beat substitute keeper Brian van Loo from the spot.
That was already Pellè’s second strike of the afternoon. The first came on the half hour and was the pick of the crop. The Italian took possession just outside the area, before turning and emulating Goosens by smashing in a hard shot into the same top corner as the earlier goal scorer.
Heracles did not learn any lessons from their experiences, however, and Feyenoord were happy to take advantage to extend their lead a few minutes later. Daryl Janmaat went deep, getting to the byline before crossing. The ball fell to Immers, who scored with his foot.
With the points all wrapped up and the visitors down a man the second half was probably only going to go one way. Especially after Heracles brought on an extra defender and tried to park the bus. As a result, Feyenoord monopolised possession and territory, but were unable to create as many chances as before the break.
The crowd did not seem to mind, though, spending the whole second 45 celebrating the victory, with an obligatory Mexican wave or two thrown in for good measure.
The eleven players on the pitch did their bit to keep the atmosphere bubbling over, too. On 55 minutes Goossens played in Schaken, who rounded the keeper to net. And on 68, Scaken repaid the complement, crossing for Goossens, who headed into an empty net.
Feyenoord – Heracles Almelo 6-0
19’ 1-0 Goossens
30’ 2-0 Pellè
33’ 3-0 Immers
45+1’ 4-0 Pellè (penalty)
55’ 5-0 Schaken
68’ 6-0 Goossens
Referee: Van Boekel
Yellow: Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Vujicevic (Heracles Almelo)
Rood: Pasveer (45’, Heracles Almelo)
Feyenoord: Mulder; Janmaat, De Vrij, Mathijsen (59’ Nelom), Martins Indi; Clasie (77’ Verhoek), Immers, Vilhena (59’ Vormer); Schaken, Pellè, Goossens.
Heracles Almelo: Pasveer; Koenders, Rienstra, Schenkeveld; Quansah, Vejinovic (46’ Veldmate), Vujicevic, Paljic (45+1’ Van Loo); Bruns, Castillion (84’ Gouriye), Everton.