Feyenoord give Willem II the run-around

Feyenoord collected three relatively easy points on Sunday afternoon, cementing their place in the Eredivisie top five with a 3-0 win against Willem II. The goals came from Lex Immers, who scored the opener in the first half, and Graziano Pellè, who netted twice in the second. As a result, Immers and Pellè head the scoring charts with eight goals each already this term.

The 40,000 or so fans packed into De Kuip saw Feyenoord open the scoring on the half-hour mark, a lead they would defend with comparative ease in the first 45. A Pellè throw-in found Immers, whose shot on the turn left visiting keeper David Meul with no chance as it rolled in the far corner.

That said, the crowd did not have a great deal more to cheer about before the break. Willem II seemed to have arrived in Rotterdam with the intention of stopping Feyenoord from playing and leaving with a point and so showed little in the way of attacking initiative.
Ronald Koeman’s side showed more intent, but did not generally play at the tempo needed to put their lowly opponents under pressure. When they did up the pace and get their passing sorted out Feyenoord were able to break upon the visitors’ defence, but that did not happen on a regular enough basis.

The first such occasion came on ten minutes. Immers played a wall pass with Pellè and dinked the ball through for Jordy Clasie. The midfielder scored from a similar position in last week’s win against Roda JC Kerkrade, but this time his effort went wide of the post.
The crowd were given more to get excited about in the second half as Feyenoord started to up the pressure against a side who had conceded nine goals in their last two matches. The home side’s second goal came within eight minutes of the restart.

This time it was Pellè’s turn to finish off a fine move. Substitute Harmeet Singh conjured up a delightful back heel at the corner flag and Clasie put himself in space by lobbing the ball over his marker. An inch-perfect pass into Pellè left the Italian with only the keeper to beat. He shot hard and low to do just that.
If that didn’t quite kill off the game Feyenoord well and truly wrapped up the points seven minutes later. Joris Mathijsen powered in a header from a corner. The ball came straight at Pellè, who diverted it out of the reach of the keeper.

With three strikers on the pitch and momentum on their side Feyenoord might have looked to extend their lead, but the hosts seemed to be satisfied with the three-goal margin. Koeman’s side remained tight at the back but were unable to unlock the Tilburg defence a fourth time.
Feyenoord – Willem II 3-0
33’ 1-0 Immers
53’ 2-0 Pellè
60’ 3-0 Pellè
Referee: Delferiere
Yellow: Immers (Feyenoord)
Feyenoord: Lamprou; Janmaat (83’ Elabdellaoui), De Vrij, Mathijsen, Nelom; Clasie, Immers (58’ Singh), Vilhena; Verhoek, Pellè, Schaken (69’ Boëtius).
Willem II: Meul; Mulder (71’ Monteiro), Akouili (66’ Sanusi), Peters, Piqué; Ippel, Vossebelt, Haemhouts, Hocher; Misidjan, Snijders (12’ Lumu).
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