The pitch was pockmarked at the break, telling the story of the first half in its surface. Feyenoord dominated the first forty-five minutes, with wave after wave of attack threatening RKC keeper Jeroen Zoet’s goal. As a result, the side of the pitch defended by the visitors was a real mess, exacerbated by the driving rain.
Feyenoord’s achievement in pinning the visitors in their own half was quite a feat given the slippery playing surface. Feyenoord were much better at coping with the wet conditions, with Ruben Schaken and Jean-Paul Boëtius frequently involved out wide.
Boëtius was especially dangerous with the ball at his feet. The game was not long underway when the youngster whipped in a cross that fell just right for Schaken, but the international lost his footing as he readied to stroke the ball home and the chance was gone.
A good five minutes later Boëtius was the one with the chance, as Pellè turned creator. The forward looked to cap a great week in which he had extended his contract. He left the keeper Zoet for dead, but went to ground in the process. Referee Makkelie waved played on, but Lex Immers just failed to guide the ball in the net.
The hosts’ dominance was ultimately rewarded before the break, though, albeit just. The clock was already into injury time when Clasie found Pellè with a high ball from midfield. The Italian beat Zoet to the ball and headed it into the empty net with the keeper left flapping.
The goal was a boost to Feyenoord’s confidence and Ronald Koeman’s side continued to control affairs after the break. The second goal came twelve minutes in and it was Pellè were stole the limelight again.
The goal rounded off another fine attacking move. The ball came to Schaken, who crossed from the right, causing havoc in the visitors’ defence, as the ball ricocheted off two defenders to fall at Pellè’s feet. The striker netted handsomely on the turn.
That pretty much ended any hopes the visitors might have had of stealing a point, although they did come close to pulling a goal back with over ten minutes left. Kostas Lamprou was forced into action after an otherwise uneventful night. The Greek blocked to close-range efforts to protect his clean sheet, the most of impressive was a reflex save from substitute Mart Lieder’s shot.
Feyenoord – RKC Waalwijk 2-0
45 + 1’ 1-0 Pellè
57’ 2-0 Pellè
Feyenoord: Lamprou; Janmaat, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi; Vilhena, Immers, Clasie; Schaken, Pellè, Boëtius (77’ Verhoek).
RKC Waalwijk: Zoet; Bandjar, Drost, Martina, Van Peppen; Jozefzoon, Braber, Duits (77’ Lieder); Najah (60’ Stans), Chevallier, Boukhari (69’ Sneijder).