Feyenoord earned their third Johan Cruijff Shield win in their history in Eindhoven on Saturday evening. Head coach Giovann...
Feyenoord won their second preseason outing by an unambiguous margin Tuesday. Combination side Groot Goes were drubbed 9-1 in Kloetinge. The surge didn’t come until the second half however, after Gertjan Verbeek sent a young side into the field. Luis Pedro (3), Michal Janota (2) and Kelvin Leerdam (2) all got their name on the score sheet. Other scorers were Karim El Ahmadi and Luigi Bruins.
Feyenoord generated a handful of chances in the opening period, but were less able to convert them. By the time El Ahmadi got the opener on 22 minutes the Rotterdammers had spurned chance after chance. Kermit Erasmus was often the one to pull the trigger, but unfortunately he seemed to be firing blanks. The South African’s game did show promise however. He certainly always seem to have an eye for players who were better placed than him.
Slory too had a couple of great opportunities, as did Serginho Greene and André Bahia. Keeper Jacco van de Schee distinguished himself with a string of strong reflex saves. It was an El Ahmadi tap-in that finally beat him, after he had beat out Landzaat’s effort a moment earlier. The second goal came within three minutes – a Luigi Bruins header. Yet those were all the goals Feyenoord were going to get in the opening half. Groot Goes even got one back on 38 minutes through Dennis Weijers, who netted after some clumsy defending.
A younger eleven took over the task for Feyenoord in the second half. The average age of the players was low, not least captain Georginio Wijnaldum, who is not even old enough to vote.
It was a great opportunity for the youngsters to put their thing down and they certainly did that. The home side found themselves driven back towards their own goal and the pressure produced two goals in the first quarter of an hour. Pedro and Leerdam were the scorers.
The finest strike of the evening came from the foot of Pedro. The striker controlled Wijnaldum’s through-ball despite the close attentions of two defenders, hooking the ball past the keeper and into the far corner as he fell. It earned him loud applause from the many hundreds of spectators.
The fifth goal broke the hosts’ resolve once and for all. Tired muscles only grew more tired, as Feyenoord rattled in a further four goals in the final flurry. Leerdam got the sixth and Janota the seventh.
Janota was not satisfied with his lone strike, netting a second six minutes later to edge Feyenoord nearer to double figures. In the end though, Pedro claimed the man of the match tag, converting his third of the half to make it nine.
Groot Goes – Feyenoord 1-9
22’ 0-1 El Ahmadi
25’ 0-2 Bruins
38’ 1-2 Weijers
56’ 1-3 Pedro
60’ 1-4 Leerdam
69’ 1-5 Pedro
73’ 1-6 Leerdam
76’ 1-7 Janota
82’ 1-8 Janota
87’ 1-9 Pedro
First half: Darley; Buijs, Bahia, Lensky; Landzaat, Greene, Bruins, El Ahmadi; Slory, Erasmus and De Guzman.
Second half: Kostas; Harrisson, Leerdam, Nieveld, Nelom; Ramsteijn, Hofs, Tiendalli; Pedro, Wijnaldum and Janota.