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Feyenoord confirmed their place in the last eight of the KNVB Cup Tuesday evening with a steady 4-0 win at amateur side SV Deurne in Helmond. The visitors progressed thanks to goals by Jonathan de Guzman, Roy Makaay (2x) and Michael Mols. The draw for the quarterfinal is scheduled for Wednesday evening after the final three games of the round.
If coach Bert van Marwijk stressed the need to start well against amateur opposition to his players ahead of the game, his team took that message to heart. The Rotterdammers began with all cylinders blazing and had soon roared into a comfortable lead.
The visitors appeared to have the Midas touch in the opening stages. In the first real attack of the game De Guzman only grazed Chun-Soo Lee’s cross, but it was enough to guide the ball past former PSV keeper Guido Budziak and into the net.
The Rotterdammers doubled their early lead on 17 minutes. This time Budziak palmed Tim de Cler’s cross into the path of Makaay, who was happy to knock the ball over the line.
Feyenoord found themselves two goals to the good despite playing most of the half in cruise control mode. Luigi Bruins drove past the post and Lee had an obvious penalty appeal turned down when his effort was blocked on the line by the hands of a defender. Referee Winter was oblivious to the violation, waving play on.
SV Deurne retaliated with a chance of their own before the turnaround. Plasterer by day, Ronald Joosten showed he could use his feet as well as his hands when Theo Lucius played the ball to his feet. Henk Timmer covered for his central defender by saving the home striker’s shot.
The inequity in quality was expressed more clearly after the break. Feyenoord were well in control, which resulted in a fair few attempts on goal. With the half eight minutes old the visitors had three bites of the cherry. Lee, Buijs and Bruins all had the third goal in their boots, but good defending on the line and a lack of precision foiled Feyenoord. Makaay was dangerous too, but he mirrored Bruins by firing over. Within a minute though, Makaay had his second goal of the evening. De Guzman played the striker in and Makaay finished coolly with a lob to make it 3-0.
That was Makaay’s last bow, as Bert vam Marwijk introduced substitute Mols for his top scorer. The former international repaid his coach’s good faith by netting Feyenoord’s fourth within a minute, heading in De Guzman’s free kick.
The goal was a signal for Feyenoord to take their foot off the pedal with a place in the next round in the bag. Deurne tried to get a consolation but the Rotterdammers had the amateurs under control. Indeed, it was Feyenoord who went closest to grabbing the evening’s fifth goal. De Guzman’s effort whisked just wide.
SV Deurne – Feyenoord 0-4
9’ 0-1 De Guzman
17’ 0-2 Makaay
62’ 0-3 Makaay
68’ 0-4 Mols
Bookings: Hofland, Bahia, Konings
SV Deurne: Budziak; Van Oosterhout, Verbeek, Van de Besselaar, Konings (76’ Zanders); Leijsten, Van Bree, Sijbers, Van Schijndel; Vos (76’ Van Denzen), Joosten (76’ Louwers)
Feyenoord: Timmer; Lucius, Greene, Hofland (66’ Bahia), De Cler; D. Buijs, De Guzman, Van Bronckhorst; Lee, Makaay (66’ Mols), Bruins (77’ Hofs)