Feyenoord picked up their second win of the season Sunday, again versus Rotterdam opposition. A week after dispatching the derby challenge of Sparta Erwin Koeman’s side edged past city neighbours Excelsior at De Kuip in front of forty thousand fans. Jonathan de Guzman scored the only goal of the game after just eight minutes in a match that resulted in André Bahia’s hospitalisation with what looked like a nasty head wound. The defender collided with teammate Serginho Greene.

Feyenoord had conceded an early goal in the last three home games and the scenario almost repeated itself against Excelsior when Sebastiaan Steur had a nailed-on opportunity to put his side in front. Jarda Simr’s pass found the striker in space, but Steur’s shot was blocked by Henk Timmer.

Koeman’s team was not knocked off balance by this full-frontal attack though, creating a similar opportunity within sixty seconds. This time the outcome was crucially different however, as De Guzman played a fine one-two with Nicky Hofs, before coolly slotting home to give Feyenoord the lead.

The goal changed the complexion of the match as Feyenoord took control. Joonas Kolkka looked a threat on the left and he had a shot on seventeen that whistled past the far post. The really gilt-edged chance fell to a gilt-edge goal-getter however and a striker of Van Hooijdonk’s calibre will have been disappointed with his effort on 26 when he struck the post with the goal beckoning.

The most eye-catching moment of the first half was a rather unappetising clash between Greene and Bahia just where Ghaly and Basto had collided eighteen months ago in the game against Ajax that resulted in a concussion for Ghaly that kept him on the sidelines for months. This time it was Bahia who came off worst in a clash of heads. He was rushed to hospital, while Greene received treatment before returning to the field of play all plastered up a few minutes later.

The importance of Feyenoord extending their lead was underlined early in the second half, after De Guzman shot just over and Van Hooijdonk saw his header saved by keeper Theo Zwarthoed. The double let-off seemed to inspire Excelsior, who almost grabber a leveller when Andwélé Slory put his drive centimetres past the post. But the biggest chance feel to Steur, who rattled the bar with his header, before Simr put the rebound wide.

Feyenoord replied with an opportunity of their own, as Ali Boussaboun beat Zwarthoed, only to see his effort cleared off the line by a defender.

After that the match appeared to disintegrate into disorder, as neither side proved up to taking the game by the scruff of the neck. There was an anxious moment when Timmer went down injured. Koeman looked on nervously in the knowledge that he had already brought on three subs, but happily the keeper was able to play out the final fifteen minutes. 

Feyenoord – Excelsior 1-0
8’ 1-0 De Guzman

Yellow: Hofs, Pardo, Drenthe, Zijm
Referee: Blom

Feyenoord: Timmer; Greene, Saidi, Bahia (31’ Drenthe); Lucius, Buijs, De Guzman, Hofs (46’ Pardo); Van Hooijdonk, Boussaboun, Kolkka (66’ Vincken).
Excelsior: Zwarthoed; Gyan, Drost, Van Nieuwstadt, Zijm (90’ Voskamp); Van Dieren, Bruins, Guijo-Velasco; Slory, Simr (70’ Grot), Steur (75’ Piqué).

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