Feyenoord opened 2007 at De Kuip with a 3-1 win against RKC Waalwijk in the Eredivisie Sunday. The home goals came from Jonathan de Guzman and André Bahia before the break and Angelos Charisteas near the end, while Ricky van den Bergh scored the visitors’ only goal. It might have been more emphatic had Theo Lucius not fluffed a penalty in a match that saw Alfred Schreuder return to first-team action for the first time in eighteen months.

With the disappointment of Breda still very much fresh in the memory Feyenoord were looking to get back on track against their struggling opponents. Mark Wotte’s team looked happy to let that happen in the first half as the hosts were given the freedom of De Kuip.

Save a skied effort by Van den Bergh RKC did not look particularly dangerous, while Feyenoord were in the visitors’ box on several occasions. The upshot was a bunch of opportunities, two goals and a missed penalty for the Maassiders all in the first 45.

Joonas Kolkka was the first player in red and white to try his luck. The Finn’s effort won a corner, which De Guzman put on Bahia’s head, but the defender could not find the target. Buijs also tested keeper Wevers after 22 minutes. This time the RKC goalie saved well.

Within a hundred and eighty seconds Feyenoord were a goal to the good however. De Guzman struck a free kick from twenty-odd metres out over the wall and in.

Feyenoord doubled their lead ten minutes later. De Guzman’s corner went past everyone to arrive at Bahia’s head and the Brazilian nodded it in with little effort.

There should really have been a third before the break, but by an act of god the home side were denied. Dustley Mulder brought down Stein Huysegems in the area and captain Lucius stepped up to take it, only to have a gust of wind move the ball just as he was bearing down on it. The miss-hit shot rattled off both posts and into the hands of a thankful Wevers.

It was an expensive miss, because it gave RKC a glimmer of hope, which the visitors pounced on early in the second half. There was a role to play for referee Kuipers too though, as the official deemed that Ron Vlaar had handled in the area on 52 minutes. Van den Bergh placed the ball on the spot and with little wind in the stadium, stroked it in for 2-1.

The match became less attractive after the goal. Tim Vincken had a dig on behalf of Feyenoord, but that was about it and although RKC looked fairly incapable of levelling themselves there was reason for concern as the visitors tried to up the pressure going into the final stages.

But Charisteas it was who grabbed the final goal of the game, restoring the Rotterdammers two-goal cushion from Buijs long throw-in to wrap up the points.

Feyenoord – RKC Waalwijk 3-1
25’ 1-0 De Guzman
34’ 2-0 Bahia
52’ 2-1 Van den Bergh (pen)
84’ 3-1 Charisteas

Bookings: Lucius, Schreuder, Vlaar, Berger, Van den Bergh
Referee: Kuipers

Feyenoord: Timmer; Buijs, Vlaar, Bahia, Drenthe; De Guzman, Lucius, Schreuder; Kolkka (78’ Van Hooijdonk), Charisteas, Huysegems (69’ Vincken)
RKC Waalwijk: Wevers; D. Mulder, Teixeira, Koenders, Van Haaren (88’ Fung a Wing); Berger (68’ Garcia), H. Mulder, Fuchs; De Ceulaer (83’ Reuser), Van de Haar, Van den Bergh
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