‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Jon Dahl Tomasson made an immediate impact on his return to the Feyenoord team Thursday. The Dane came off the bench at the start of the second half against amateur side VELO to claim three goals and an assist. The other Feyenoord goals came from Luigi Bruins (2), Georginio Wijnaldum (2), Kermit Erasmus (2), Roy Makaay, Michael Mols and Michal Janota, as the Rotterdammers cruised to a 12-1 win.
Gertjan Verbeek opted to start with a large number of players that have sat out the first half in recent games. As a result, it was a young team that kicked off, with the exception of the 37-year-old Michael Mols, who put in his first appearance of the season – a good one too.
Mols was at the centre of a string of attacks and was responsible for the opening goal on the quarter-hour mark. Ghanaian trailist Harrison played the ball into the striker from the right wing and Mols pulled off an awesome overhead kick that left the keeper standing.
Harrison, who was playing in Libya just last week, was the only player to last the entire ninety minutes. The defender took every opportunity to get forward when Feyenoord broke.
Another player that made a positive impression was Kermit Erasmus. As in his first two appearances, the South African appeared to be lacking sharpness in front of goal, but he managed to break his duck on 20 minutes. The cross from Andwelé Slory was so good that Erasmus was left with a tap-in. With the all-important first goal out of the way Erasmus would go on to get a second just before half time. This time he was set up by Michael Janota.
VELO had made the most of a good counter just prior to getting a goal of their own. There was some poor defending in the middle, which left Maurice Schooneman with just the keeper to beat. Kostas had no chance. By that time Feyenoord were three ahead though; Janota finding the net with a shot from distance.
Only Harrison kept his place after the break, although he did move into the centre from the right. Otherwise Verbeek brought on ten new faces. Within two minutes Makaay had made his mark to make it 5-1. Jon Dahl Tomasson claimed the assist with just about his first touch of the game. The Dane then got his name on the scoreboard, latching onto a Luigi Bruins cross to head in.
The Rotterdammers showed great composure in sticking to their task despite the game long being over as a contest. The upfront partnership of Makaay and Tomasson was showing particular promise. The old heads seemed to know where the other one would be at all times and it helped Tomasson net two more goals before the game was over.
The Dane was not alone in being productive in front of goal however. Georginio Wijnaldum lobbed the keeper and Luigi Bruins converted Jonathan de Guzman’s cross, before Tomasson netted again – this time it was Makaay who claimed the assist. Wijnaldum then tapped in another one to put Feyenoord into double figures.
There was still time for another goal for Tomasson, before Bruins completed the dozen on 78 minutes. Serginho Greene even went close to scoring as well, but his effort was ruled out.
VELO – Feyenoord 1-12
15’ 0-1 Mols
20’ 0-2 Erasmus
33’ 0-3 Janota
37’ 1-3 Schooneman
44’ 1-4 Erasmus
47’ 1-5 Makaay
54’ 1-6 Tomasson
60’ 1-7 Wijnaldum
65’ 1-8 Bruins
69’ 1-9 Tomasson
72’ 1-10 Wijnaldum
77’ 1-11 Tomasson
78’ 1-12 Bruins
First half: Kostas; Harrison, Nieveld, Ramsteijn, Leerdam; Slory, Pedro, Fer, Janota; Mols and Erasmus
Second half: Darley; Buijs, Greene, Bahia, Harrison; Wijnaldum, El Ahmadi, Bruins, De Guzman; Makaay and Tomasson