Feyenoord earned their third Johan Cruijff Shield win in their history in Eindhoven on Saturday evening. Head coach Giovann...
Feyenoord continued their good form against amateur opposition in the early stages of preseason with another eight goals against Halsteren Tuesday. The biggest thorn in the home outfit’s side was Nicky Hofs, who hit the target four times in the first half. Sebastián Pardo, Benjamin De Ceulaer, Ali Boussaboun and Mohammed Abubakari all grabbed one goal each in a game in which Pascal Bosschaart made his first appearance of preseason.
Hofs and Adama Tamboura were clearly the main men in the Rotterdam side in the opening 45. The Malian trialist had a fine debut last Saturday, albeit against very meagre opposition. The home attack was not very frightening in Halsteren either, but Tamboura did everything he was asked to do. The youngster looked strong going forward too, finding the by-line with ease and he could even have earned himself an assist, had Van Hooijdonk’s header from his cross not been cleared off the line.
Hofs already had a goal to his name by then, capitalising on a defensive mistake to give his side the lead on nine minutes. And there would be another three for the midfielder before the half was over. The most attractive was the second, when Hofs placed a wonderful shot right in the top corner. The other two came in the last five minutes of the half, Hofs keeping his nerve with just the keeper to beat on both occasions. Indeed, the half was all Hofs’ but for a goal from Pardo, who finished off a Pierre van Hooijdonk header on 35.
Feyenoord came out for the second period with a new team, and Boussaboun’s return in particular augured well for more strikes as the Moroccan seems to enjoy scoring against amateurs. And after setting up De Ceulaer for the sixth on 49, (0-6) Boussaboun got a goal of his own a minute later.
Referee Brummer gave a questionable penalty not long after to the delight of the home support. Sherif Ekramy guessed right, but one-time pro Jurgen Roeken’s shot was too good.
Feyenoord were unwilling or unable to add to their own total after that early second half burst until Abubakari punished some casualness in the home defence with goal number eight. The Ghanaian could have doubled his personal total four minutes from time, but he totally missed Boussaboun’s cross.
Halsteren – Feyenoord 1-8
9’ 0-1 Hofs
25’ 0-2 Hofs
35’ 0-3 Pardo
40’ 0-4 Hofs
45’ 0-5 Hofs
49’ 0-6 De Ceulaer
50’ 0-7 Boussaboun
62’ 1-7 Roeken
73’ 1-8 Abubakari
First half: Lodewijks; Collen, Vlaar, Bahia, Tamboura; Hofs, De Guzman, Pardo; Vincken, Van Hooijdonk, Huysegems.
Second half: Ekramy; Greene, Altheer, Bosschaart; Sammuel, Abubakari, Lucius, Mtiliga; De Ceulaer, Boussaboun, Kolkka.