Recent performances suggested that Feyenoord had shook off their dip in form. That was confirmed in the confrontation with the Eredivisie’s fourth-placed club. The game did get off to the best of starts, but the home side got into their stride after ten minutes. The evening’s first shot came courtesy of Luigi Bruins. Visiting keeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar saved.
Feyenoord were passing well and it brought them in the neighbourhood of the NAC goal on a number of occasions. The visitors were fortunate that Ten Rouwelaar was in such fine form or their hosts might have taken a commanding lead. His feline-like saves kept his side on level terms when Giovanni van Bronckhorst rattled one in and when Bruins tried his luck again. Jonathan de Guzman was the third home player to let rip, but his effort flew over on the half hour.
With Feyenoord unable to find the target, the Breda outfit suddenly switched to attacking mode themselves. They almost took the lead at the first attempt too. Rob Penders was just unable to time his run to convert a cross, skying his effort over the bar instead. Next up for the visitors was Anthony Lurling, who forced a good save out of Henk Timmer.
The Rotterdammers got themselves back in the driving seat at the start of the second half however. This time the reward was forthcoming. Van Bronckhorst played an inch-perfect ball into Michael Mols. The veteran striker controlled the ball well, slipping the ball past Ten Rouwelaar as the keeper raced out to avert the danger. The game was 53 minutes old and Feyenoord were a goal to the good.
The opener knocked the stuffing out of NAC. Kurt Elshot shot wide on the hour mark, but that was to be the final stab from the guests. The hosts dominated proceedings from there on in, generating a string of opportunities. Both De Cler and Van Bronckhorst had digs that lacked direction, but it felt like the second goal was on its way, so it was no surprise when it arrived.
It was no less beautiful for all that, though. Landzaat carved out space for himself on the edge of the penalty area. Rather than going for power however the Dutch international opted for finesse, executing an exquisite chip that went in off the underside of the bar to confirm Feyenoord’s berth in the final. Feyenoord – NAC Breda 2-0
53’ Mols 1-0
74’ Landzaat 2-0 Bookings:
Lucius, Landzaat, Zwaanswijk Referee:
Timmer: Lucius, Bahia, Hofland, De Cler (86’ Wijnaldum); Landzaat, Van Bronckhorst, Sahin (63’ Fer); De Guzman, Mols (76’ Greene), Bruins NAC:
Ten Rouwelaar; Elshot, Penders, Zwaanswijk, Mtiliga; Stam, Fehér, Molhoek; Kolkka (62’ Kolkka), Ammi (75’ Sikora), Lurling.