Feyenoord returned to winning ways Sunday with an undemanding 6-0 victory over Heracles Almelo. Bert van Marwijk’s side controlled the game from start to finish despite heavy rain that made play difficult. Kevin Hofland, Andwelé Slory, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Georginio Wijnaldum completed the rout after Roy Makaay had opened the scoring with two early strikes in a game that saw 18-year-old keeper Erwin Mulder make his debut. Youth team player Leroy Fer also came off the bench for his first appearance near the end.

Feyenoord made the best possible start in the rain. Makaay needed no more than 21 seconds to ease the home side into the lead. Jonathan de Guzman fed Slory. The winger’s cross was not great but Jan Wuytens slipped to leave Makaay to slot home.

The early goal meant that Feyenoord versus Heracles never really developed as a tussle. Feyenoord immediately went looking for more goals to finish off the visitors early doors. Martin Pieckenhagen was called into action to deal with dangerous crosses by De Guzman and Wijnaldum. On 13 minutes the keeper was granted a rest by Wijnaldum, who despite a strong start, failed to get his header on target.

The second goal appeared to be inevitable and it came on 20 minutes. A long pass found Makaay. The striker’s first touch was not as good as it should have been, but his shot made up for that. Pieckenhagen could only admire Makaay’s effort and pick the ball out of the net.

That was however virtually the end of the first-half action, although reports from Amsterdam kept the crowd in good voice as news filtered through that Ajax were trailing. As if to win back their attention Hofland nodded in Feyenoord’s third on 40 minutes from Sahin’s free kick.

The pitch was gradually deteriorating and the main challenge before the break was to stay on two feet for as long as possible. Feyenoord had most success in that department and were consequently also the most dangerous team. Slory was a real threat on the right, while Wijnaldum regularly broke through on the left. It almost led to a goal on 62 minutes. Wijnaldum found himself with the ball at his feet in front of Pieckenhagen after a fine attacking move by the home side. Unfortunately the keeper was able to save.

Piekenhagen was unable to repeat the trick a few minutes later. Slory was put in by Van Bronckhorst and the visitors’ keeper came off his line too late to prevent Slory from netting the fourth goal of the afternoon.

Van Bronckhorst turned from provider to scorer on 72 minutes. De Guzman was unselfish in the penalty area, laying the ball off to his captain who had all the time in the world to place his effort beyond Pieckenhagen for number five.

Wijnaldum had a similarly straightforward opportunity to complete the rout when Makaay sent in a wicked cross. Wijnaldum managed to connect to score his debut goal in the first team and make it six.

Van Marwijk took the opportunity to blood youngster Leroy Fer in the final few minutes.

The final whistle draw applause, which only grew louder as news came from Amsterdam that Ajax had been well beaten at home by NAC Breda. It all means that Feyenoord are just two points behind leaders PSV with 13 games played.

Feyenoord – Heracles Almelo 6-0
1’ Makaay 1-0
26’ Makaay 2-0
40’ Hofland 3-0
66’ Slory 4-0
72’ Van Bronckhorst 5-0
73’ Wijnaldum 6-0

Bookings: Lucius
Referee: Van Egmond

Feyenoord: Mulder; Lucius, Hofland, Bahia, De Cler; Sahin (84’ Fer), De Guzman, Van Bronckhorst (78’ Greene); Slory (78’ D. Buijs), Makaay, Wijnaldum
Heracles: Pieckenhagen; Quansah, Smit, Wuytens, Looms; De Vries, Daelemans (33’ Breukers), Michalke, Van den Bergh; Everton (61’ Lakic), Gluscevic
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