The technical staff’s recent decision to bring young blood into the squad paid dividends, as 16-year-old Georginio Wijnaldum was given a place in the starting line-up. The youngster certainly did not give the impression that the occasion had got to him. Wijnaldumwas happy to have the ball at the back and he was confident enough to support the attack when he could. The schoolboy was actually Feyenoord’s most dangerous player before the break, with two attempts on goal within the first ten minutes of his top-flight career in a red and white shirt.
The first was a header from a De Guzman cross that required an energetic save from visiting keeper Brian van Loo. The second was a shot that went a few metres wide of the post.
Feyenoord were unable to really get their attacking game going after that promising start, although the home side did get within striking distance of Van Loo’s goal from time to time. The visitors were less inclined to forays into forward positions, but they did create the best chance of the first half. Ondrej Svejdik played the ball onto the head of Suárez and the Uruguayan nodded firmly past Timmer only to see his effort crash back off the bar.
The goal finally came the other side of the break. André Bahia was slow in coming out when Feyenoord tried to play the offside trap and Lovre nicked in to rifle FC Groningen into the lead after 50 minutes.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of the Rotterdammers and the visitors took advantage to extend their lead over the following twenty minutes or so. The second goal came on 58, when Van de Laak netted after Timmer had saved Lovre’s effort and the post had foiled Suárez. Five minutes later Lovre had his second of the afternoon, when he headed in Suárez’s cross with no home players in to pressure him.
The nightmare continued for the forty thousand-strong crowd when Suárez drove in what looked like a pretty tame effort only for the ball to deflect off Karim Saidi and trickle into the net for 0-4.
Feyenoord endeavoured to do something about the score line, but were simply not up to the task. The supporters expressed their unhappiness as the clock ticked down, clapping only when debutant Wijnaldum was substituted a minute from time.
Feyenoord – FC Groningen 0-4
50’ 0-1 Lovre
58’ 0-2 Van de Laak
63’ 0-3 Lovre
69’ 0-4 Suárez
Feyenoord: Timmer; Saidi, Vlaar, Bahia; Derijck, Schreuder (60’ Huysegems), Wijnaldum (89’ Vincken), De Guzman; Castelen, Charisteas, Van Hooijdonk
FC Groningen: Van Loo; Svejdik, Sankoh, Kruiswijk, Van der Linden; Lindgren, Lovre, Levchenko; Meerdink (73’ Slijngard), Nevland (56’ Van de Laak), Suárez (85’ Silva)