A fine 3-0 victory against Roda JC was not enough to secure Feyenoord a place in the top five and the Champions League playoffs Sunday. Wins for Heerenveen and FC Twente left Bert van Marwijk’s side in sixth place at the final whistle. Luigi Bruins, Nuri Sahin and Michael Mols got the goals for the hosts in front of another sell-out crowd at De Kuip. It all means that Feyenoord have two chances to secure UEFA Cup football next season. Victory in the cup final next week will release Feyenoord from the obligation to participate in the end of season playoff.

Feyenoord did all that was asked of them in the final 90 minutes of the regular Eredivisie season, earning the right to claim all three points against Roda JC with a fighting display. An enthusiastic and passionate Feyenoord attacked their opponents from the first minute to the last. The only disappointment was the lack of a goal for the Rotterdammers, which would not have been undeserved.

There were a number of reasons that the hosts drew a blank in the opening 45. One of them was a strong performance by keeper Bram Castro; another was a lack of sharpness in front of goal. The dearth of clear-cut chances also played its part of course, because while Feyenoord had a lot of efforts on goal, guilt-edged opportunities were few and far between in the first half.

The first real opportunity came when Michael Mols let the ball travel under his foot to reach Nuri Sahin. The youngster found himself with space to shoot, but his effort lacked power and Castro was able to get in front of it. Leroy Fer put the rebound wide.

That was the biggest chance of the half, although Bruins and Jonathan de Guzman did have efforts. Both failed to find the target. André Bahia created some excitement when he broke down the left. His cross found Leroy Fer, who attempted a Ronaldo-like back heel only to find Castro alert to the danger.

Feyenoord were a lot more incisive at the start of the second half. They did have some help from the visitors however. Fatih Sonkaya was far too lackadaisical on 55 minutes. Luigi Bruins took the ball off the defender in the Roda box. The youngster kept his composure to beat Sonkaya again, before placing his drive in the far corner to edge the hosts ahead.

Feyenoord remained in control after the opener. The Rotterdammers turned the heat up, but were unable to create any nailed-on chances. Fer did go close, but Castro took the ball off his toes. The keeper also stopped shots from De Guzman and Bruins.

Marcel de Jong earned his second booking of the afternoon and the visitors were left with ten men on the pitch with just under half an hour left. It looked like Feyenoord would make the extra man tell and Sahin almost doubled the lead immediately. The young Turk’s shot was hard but it hit Mols on the way into the goal and went over.

The duo cooperated better a little later. Sahin played the ball into Mols who put the ball back into his path. Sahin made the most of the opportunity to slide the ball past Castro to make it 2-0.

The goal was welcome, but news from Heerenveen and Enschede took the edge off. And when FC Twente eased two goals ahead in their game a few minutes later De Kuip knew that the curtain had just about fallen. Mols knocked in the third three minutes from time, but it was not enough to change matters.

Feyenoord – Roda JC 3-0
55’ Bruins 1-0
77’ Sahin 2-0
87’ Mols 3-0

Booking: Bruins, Vandamme, Meeuwis
Sending off: De Jong (64’, 2 yellows)
Referee: Vink

Feyenoord: Timmer; Lucius, Greene, Bahia, De Cler; Fer (71’ Hofs), Van Bronckhorst, Sahin; Bruins (81’ Lee), Mols, De Guzman.
Roda JC: Castro; Sonkaya (85’ Senden), De Fauw, Kah, De Jong; Bodor, Meeuwis, Vandamme (46’ W. Janssen); Hadouir, Van Tornhout (64’ Oper), Cissé.
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