‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord continued their postseason warm-down with a win against amateur side Verburch Tuesday. The goals came from Sebastián Pardo and Pierre van Hooijdonk, both of whom struck twice, while the home side grabbed a consolation with fifteen to go. The game saw the reintroduction of Patrick Mtiliga after a long absence, while Jordy Buijs and Sammuel also came off the bench to make their debuts.
Feyenoord were missing a large number of first-team players for the game. International commitments meant that Dirk Kuyt, Romeo Castelen (Holland), Ron Vlaar, Nicky Hofs (Holland Under 21s) and Pieter Collen (Belgium) were unavailable. Salomon Kalou was also ruled out of the game by a minor foot problem. The lack of such regulars meant that Erwin Koeman’s team included a wealth of youth players. Stef Doedee, Jordy Buijs, Sammuel, Diego Biseswar and Lorenzo Davids all played some part in the game.
The energetic Boussaboun and Pardo were the engines behind an impressive first half by the visitors. The Moroccan played with drive down the right, creating a number of dangerous moments for the amateurs, while Pardo got onto the end of a stream of Feyenoord attacks. The first goal came fourteen minutes in, when Boussaboun set up the Chilean, whose shot was true. Three minutes later the duo hooked up well again, but this time Pardo was unable to convert. It wasn’t long though before Pardo had his second of the game. There were 26 minutes on the clock when Drenthe supplied and Pardo finished with a sweet drive.
Pierre van Hooijdonk then proceeded to step up to the mark to grab a brace himself. The first was a header six minutes before the break from Pardo’s corner, two minutes after seeing keeper Edwin Vijverberg save his powerful shot. 25 minutes into the second half the Big Man struck again, this time from a penalty.
Youth international Buijs was already on the field for his first-team debut by then. Brazil’s Sammuel got his chance a little later, but not until Verburch had got their consolation on 75 through Walter Sengers.
14’ 0-1 Pardo
26’ 0-2 Pardo
39’ 0-3 Van Hooijdonk
71’ 0-4 van Hooijdonk (pen)
75’ 1-4 Sengers
Feyenoord: Aerts; Gyan (62’ Buijs), Greene, Bahia (46’ Abubakari), Mtiliga (78’ Sammuel); De Guzman, Paauwe (46’ Bosschaart), Pardo (62’ Biseswar); Boussaboun, Van Hooijdonk, Drenthe.