HEAVY DEFEAT IN BREDA FLATTERS NAC

Feyenoord started the second half of the season as badly is they started the first, going down to a gloomy 1-4 Eredivisie defeat at NAC Sunday. The score was not a true reflection of the match, as Feyenoord were certainly no worse than their opponents, but it capped a miserable week for the club no less. The home side’s goals came from Sander van Gessel, Mike Zonneveld and Glenn Salmon, who bagged a brace. Pierre van Hooijdonk converted a penalty consolation four minutes from time.

Feyenoord returned from their Turkey training camp looking forward to the resumption of Eredivisie business with some optimism, but Friday’s news from Switzerland winded the club and Erwin Koeman warned that the blow might have repercussions in Breda. The way his side started the encounter those words appeared to be a little premature, as Feyenoord bossed the early stages against eighth-placed NAC.

The visitors had the best of the match in the opening half yet still managed to go in for tea and oranges two goals down. The hosts needed just two chances to open up a commanding lead. The match was 12 minutes old when Van Gessel’s shot was picked up by the wind and blown past a chanceless Timmer for the first. Nine minutes later the ball dropped to Zonneveld’s feet after a messy passage of play and the midfielder struck with malice aforethought to leave Feyenoord trailing by two.

The unfortunate Rotterdammers went in search of an equaliser and there were certainly chances. Edwin Zoetebier was forced to give away a corner when tested by a shot by Buijs and just before the break the former Feyenoord keeper foiled Kolkka. Those two opportunities came on the heels of two attempts that Kolkka and Vlaar both screwed wide.

Feyenoord were not having the most providential of days, a hypothesis that was given further credence just after the turnaround. Charisteas found himself with space to shoot, but his effort rattled the post. Soon after, a free kick by Royston Drenthe was saved by Zoetebier.

When the goal did come, it came at the other end, totally against the run of play and it underscored Feyenoord’s luck. Victor Sikora messed up his shot completely only to find Salmon’s head, who nodded in the third goal of the afternoon.

The tide refused to turn for the Maassiders, as Timothy Derijck skied Kolkka’s cross with an open goal at his mercy five minutes after NAC’s third strike; then Huysegems saw his own effort ricochet off both posts and out.

So when the home side wrapped up the points with a fourth goal by Salmon Erwin Koeman may have been thinking it was simply written in the stars. Feyenoord did grab a goal back from the spot through Van Hooijdonk, but it was a meagre return in the end.

NAC Breda – Feyenoord 4-1
12’ 1-0 Van Gessel
21’ 2-0 Zonneveld
60’ 3-0 Salmon
81’ 4-0 Salmon
86’ 4-1 Van Hooijdonk (strafschop)

Bookings: Drenthe, Hofs, Zonneveld, Mtiliga
Referee: Vink

Feyenoord: Timmer; Buijs, Vlaar, Bahia (30’ Derijck), Drenthe (67’ Van Hooijdonk); De Guzman, Lucius, Hofs; Kolkka (57’ Vincken), Charisteas, Huysegems
NAC Breda: Zoetebier; Stam, Van Gessel, Zwaanswijk, Mtiliga; Slot (82’ Peto), De Graaf, Zonneveld; Sikora (71’ Diba), Salmon, Rigters (77’ Mathijssen)
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