Feyenoord ended a run of five games without a win, handing out a second half lesson in finishing to Roda JC Sunday. Fer, Wijnaldum, Makaay and Biseswar grabbed the goals to secure a first Eredivisie away win of the season. The victory is sure to lift confidence levels at De Kuip ahead of Thursday’s Uefa Cup tie against CSKA Moscow. There was less cheer for Serginho Greene however, who was forced out of the game in the first half with a knee problem.
The only negative in Feyenoord’s first half display was the lack of goals. The game was evenly poised at the break, but the Rotterdammers had created by far the better openings.
Feyenoord’s two biggest chances were virtually identical. The only difference was the player. First Diego Biseswar showed some impressive skill to move inside from the left, but he did not lay the ball off at the near post, wasting the opportunity himself to the despair of Georginio Wijnaldum, who was free in the middle. Ten minutes later Karim El Ahmadi did exactly the same.
Up to then the biggest threat had been Wijnaldum, who was involved in almost every Feyenoord attack in the opening stages. Within five minutes he nodded a Giovanni van Bronckhorst cross just wide. Then, on the quarter of an hour mark, he saw his shot from the left saved by Bram Castro.
Roda JC were very quiet up front, which was partly due to a strong defensive performance from Feyenoord. Henk Timmer wasn’t troubled until the last minute of the half, when a long ball beat Tim de Cler, only for Andres Oper to fail to control it properly.
Coach Verbeek may have set up a short finishing school in the break, because Feyenoord suddenly showed they could also convert their chances in the second half. Two goals in four minutes put the visitors in the driving seat. The first came from a Van Bronckhorst cross from the left. Wijnaldum out-jumped his marker to head the ball into the near corner.
Number two was started by El Ahmadi, who again stormed into the penalty box from the left. This time he laid the ball off to Wijnaldum, who was free. The 17-year-old didn’t make good contact, but he did help the ball into the path of Leroy Fer, who netted at the far post.
The second strike knocked the stuffing out of the hosts and Feyenoord took full advantage to add two more goals to their total.
The third was a beauty. Wijnaldum did all the hard work to keep hold of the ball despite the attentions of three defenders, before playing it off to Makaay, who beat Castro with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar.
Within a few minutes, the Rotterdammers had a fourth. Makaay found Biseswar around the edge of the box and the youngster rattled in a shot that snuck in at the far post.
Roda JC – Feyenoord 0-4
53’ 0-1 Wijnaldum
57’ 0-2 Fer
67’ 0-3 Makaay
70’ 0-4 Biseswar
Bookings: Hofland, Kah
Roda JC: Castro; De Fauw, Saeijs, Kah, De Jong; Vormer, Meeuwis, Hadouir (79’ Linssen), Bodor; Oper (79’ Matondo) and Cissé.
Feyenoord: Timmer; Greene (39’ Tiendalli), Bahia, Hofland, De Cler; Wijnaldum (79’ Bruins), El Ahmadi, Fer, Van Bronckhorst; Makaay and Biseswar.