Feyenoord got their preseason underway with a big victory in De Lier Wednesday. Local amateurs Lyra were soundly beaten by eight goals to nil, with Jonathan de Guzman grabbing three of the strikes. New arrivals Roy Makaay and Andwelé Slory both scored twice, while André Bahia also netted. Kevin Hofland wore the captain’s armband in the first half; Nicky Hofs took it in the second.

Bert van Marwijk gave everyone a run-out in the game, as the coach wanted to use the fixture as a hard training exercise. He will have been happy with the outcome. Last year’s opening preseason fixture in Katwijk ended in defeat and left Romeo Castelen with a serious injury, but this time Feyenoord were in full control of the match, with a bunch of goals and some impressive football to prove it.

The tone was set immediately by De Guzman, who gave his side the lead within two minutes thanks to an assist by Slory, before doubling the advantage another 120 seconds later with a rasping drive that capitalised on some weak defending by the home side.

That made it much easier for the Rotterdammers and some flowing football was the consequence. There didn’t seem to be much wrong with Nuri Sahin’s technique, Tim Vincken and Slory looked dangerous down the flanks, and Kevin Hofland’s passing was impressive.

Makaay didn’t make his mark in the early stages, but he changed all that on eighteen minutes, rattling in a shot across the home side’s bows. Within a quarter of an hour or so he would have two goals, although by that time Slory also had his name on the score-sheet. In the last five minutes of the half De Guzman and Slory added one each to their totals as Feyenoord went in at the break seven goals to the good.

Van Marwijk changed nine players at the turnaround, with only Jordy and Danny Buijs returning for the second half. His team was still in control, but it didn’t rain goals like it had in the first half. Mols was dangerous, but lacked sharpness. Feyenoord did manage to add one more goal though, when Bahia headed Diego Biseswar’s cross in the net, and the game ended in a clear victory for the professionals.

Lyra – Feyenoord 0-8
2’ 0-1 De Guzman
4’ 0-2 De Guzman
19’ 0-3 Slory
25’ 0-4 Makaay
34’ 0-5 Makaay
41’ 0-6 De Guzman
45’ 0-7 Slory
79’ 0-8 Bahia

Referee: Looye
Bookings: -

First half: Timmer; Lucius, Hofland, J.Buijs, De Cler; D. Buijs, Sahin, De Guzman; Slory, Makaay, Vincken
Second half: Ekramy; Tiendalli, J. Buijs, Bahia, Lensky; D. Buijs, Wijnaldum, Hofs; Castelen, Mols, Biseswar
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