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Feyenoord were well beaten by rivals Ajax at De Kuip Sunday as the Amsterdammers gave the Rotterdammers a lesson in finishing. Ajax were simply too strong as Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Kenneth Perez both netted a brace. Feyenoord’s task was not made any easier by two red cards which saw Erwin Koeman’s team finish the match without Pierre van Hooijdonk (violent conduct, 65 minutes) and Sebastián Pardo (84 minutes).
Feyenoord started strongly with fanatical backing from the De Kuip faithful, pushing Ajax back into their own half and creating a couple of opportunities. The first fell to De Guzman, who tested Maarten Stekelenburg with a shot, which was turned round for a corner. De Guzman tried his luck again a minute later; this time the ball whisked wide.
Ali Boussaboun could have put his side ahead after just five minutes when Zdenek Grygera’s mistake left the striker eye in eye with visiting keeper Stekelenburg. Boussaboun needed too much time to make up his mind however and he was unable to keep his eventual shot out of the clutches of the Ajax number one.
That was basically the last of Feyenoord’s chances as Ajax took firm control of the match thereafter. The first Amsterdam attack gave the visitors the lead and the home side were unable to recover from the shock. Huntelaar was given free rein in the penalty box, heading his side into the lead from Kenneth Perez’s corner.
The strike sucked the confidence out of the home side and Ajax took over completely. Tom de Mul and Huntelaar both had shots that went over before the visitors doubled their lead and it was that man Huntelaar again, and he was again served by Perez. Huntelaar’s marker Karim Saidi was unable to put up much opposition as the Dutch international toe-poked the ball past Timmer for two.
It was down to the nonchalance of Wesley Sneijder and strong goalkeeping by Henk Timmer that Ajax failed to make things even worse before the break. Sneijder shot over on 43 with the goal gaping. And on the stroke of half time Gabri found himself in space with just Timmer to beat, but despite two attempts by the midfielder to net, he was foiled by the home keeper.
It was just a matter of time however and the third goal finally came on the other side of the break. Dwight Tiendalli brought Huntelaar to the deck in the area and referee Temmink had little choice but to point to the spot. Perez stepped up to stroke the ball past Timmer for three.
Ajax didn’t appear satisfied with their three-goal cushion and the Amsterdammers were threatening the Rotterdam goal again pretty soon. First Emanuelson hit the bar and then Huntelaar should have got his hat trick, but this time the striker could not redirect Mul’s cross away from the fists of Timmer who cleared.
Huntelaar was denied again by Timmer, but the home goalie’s efforts were not enough this time, as Perez came storming in to net the rebound, making it four.
Feyenoord responded with a frustration that had started to appear before the fourth goal and that resulted in a plethora of cautions for the home side. But the colour changed on 65, when Temmink pulled out a red for Van Hooijdonk after the attacker lunged into a tackle that left Emanuelson on the ground.
Down to ten men and with a four-goal deficit, Feyenoord limped on. A save by Timmer denied Maduro, while at the other end Hofs tried one from a free kick that Stekelenburg parried.
But there was yet more bad news for the home side six minutes before the end, when Pardo picked up his second yellow for a foul on Gabri, leaving Feyenoord with just eight outfield players on the park by the end.
Feyenoord – Ajax 0-4
11’ 0-1 Huntelaar
37’ 0-2 Huntelaar
49’ 0-3 Perez (pen)
61’ 0-4 Perez
Yellow: De Guzman, Tiendalli, Drenthe, Pardo, Saidi, Emanuelson, Gabri
Red: Van Hooijdonk (65’ violent conduct), Pardo (84’ 2 yellows)
Feyenoord: Timmer; Tiendalli, Saidi, Greene, Léonard (29’ Drenhte); Lucius, De Guzman (50’ Hofs), Buijs, Pardo; Boussaboun (46’ Van Hooijdonk), Charisteas.
Ajax: Stekelenburg; Heitinga, Grygera, Stam (24’ Ogararu), Emanuelson; Sneijder, Maduro, Gabri; Perez (67’ Vermaelen), Huntelaar, De Mul (56’ Rosales).