Feyenoord made it four wins from four games Sunday with a 1-3 win at Roda JC. The Rotterdammers are now the only side in the Eredivisie with a hundred per cent record, although the game did see them concede for the first time. That goal came in the first half, but Bert van Marwijk’s side turned things round after the break, with a penalty by Roy Makaay and a brace by Jonathan de Guzman. There was less good news too however, as Ron Vlaar was forced off with what looked like a knee injury.

Feyenoord were dealt their first setback of the season in the first half at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium, conceding their first goal of the campaign. But the damage wasn’t restricted to Tioté’s goal, as Vlaar was left grimacing on the ground after going down in a challenge with Roland Lamah. The defender looked to have suffered a serious knee injury and the home side struck before Feyenoord could bring on André Bahia to replace him.

The lead was not completely undeserved, as the home side had expressed their attacking intentions from the kick off. It resulted in the first big chance of the match on 13 minutes, when Yulu Matondo headed against the bar. There was precious little in the way of goalmouth action at either end otherwise however. Despite their offensive attitude the hosts were fairly innocuous, restricted as they were to shots from well outside the box.

Feyenoord sat deep and looked for opportunities to counter. The strategy might have paid off on 19 minutes if Roy Makaay had been a little sharper. Giovanni van Bronckhorst break through the home ranks on the left and played in his frontman, but Makaay shot over from close in.

Tim de Cler and Nicky Hofs also tried to break the deadlock with shots, but Bram Castro was not unduly troubled by either effort.

The picture changed completely early in the second half though. Pa Modou Kah handled the ball in his own penalty area just two minutes in when there appeared to be little danger and Makaay stepped up to stroke home the resulting penalty to bring Feyenoord level.

The next goal was always going to be important and Roda redoubled their efforts in search of the lead again. Feyenoord also started to put together some impressive moves however and it was the Rotterdammers that managed to get their noses in front just past the hour mark. De Guzman was fed on the right, skipping inside to rattle in an awesome drive that was only ever going to the hit the back of the net to put Feyenoord 1-2 up.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Roda, and Feyenoord effectively wrapped up the game with 20 minutes left. De Cler made a run down the left before whipping in a cross that De Guzman easily netted for his second of the afternoon to ensure Feyenoord would be leaving with all the spoils.

Roda JC – Feyenoord 1-3
40’ Tioté 1-0
47’ Makaay 1-1 (pen)
62’ De Guzman 1-2
70’ De Guzman 1-3

Bookings: Vlaar, De Cler, Hadouir, Saeijs, Sonkaya
Referee: Haverkort

Roda JC: Castro; De Fauw, Saeijs (69’ Janssen), Kah, De Jong; Meeuwis, Tioté (69’ Sonkaya), Lamah (74’ Van Kouwen); Hadouir, Matondo, Oper
Feyenoord: Timmer; Lucius, Vlaar (40’ Bahia), Hofland, De Cler; Sahin, Hofs (79’ D. Buijs), Van Bronckhorst; De Guzman, Makaay, Bruins (87’ Mols)

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