The forty thousand crowd certainly didn’t go short of goal action after weeks without a strike to savour. Nicky Hofs lifted a free kick just over the bar after just four minutes, but Feyenoord got the opener within a minute of that. A Ramon Zomer blunder left Salomon Kalou with the ball at his feet and free passage to goal and the youngster showed composure to slot the ball past Sander Boschker for an early lead, breaking Feyenoord’s three-game duck.
Erwin Koeman might have held his hand up as to the comradely assistance provided by the visitors for the goal itself, but ultimately it was nothing but deserved considering the great start made by Feyenoord. The next big chance came on fourteen, when Pieter Collen headed another Hofs free kick over the bar. But it wasn’t long before Feyenoord had doubled their lead and it was Zomer again who helped out. The defender had to resort to a foul to stop Romeo Castelen from threatening Boschker’s goal and referee Wiedemeijer had no second thoughts about pointing to the sport. Dirk Kuyt stepped up to the mark and smashed in the penalty for two-nil.
The home side looked to be cruising, but a mass loss of concentration saw the juggernaut veer of course as the first half advanced. Patrick Gerritsen grabbed a goal back just a few minutes after Kuyt’s penalty and then FC Twente moved alongside after a bad mistake by Maikel Aerts. Far from his line the keeper passed the ball straight to N’Kufo who walloped the ball straight back with interest to equalise.
The error didn’t go unpunished, because Aerts did not return after the break. That resulted in a debut for Sherif Ekramy, whose lack of appearances has not affected his popularity. The crowd greeted the Egyptian keeper’s every touch with loud appreciation. Unfortunately for Ekramy – if not for the rest of the team and its supporters – the new number one didn’t have a great deal to do, as Feyenoord dominated proceedings.
The first post-break chance for the hosts fell to the hugely impressive Collen. Kuyt played the ball to the Belgian, who couldn’t steer it out of the reach of Boschker from close range. But within three minutes of that chance Feyenoord had the lead back. Kalou escaped from his opponents, and seeing Kuyt in a much more threatening position, he played the ball into his strike partner’s feet, who slammed it into the back of the net.
The goal was a big blow to FC Twente after they had clawed their way back into the game in the first half and when Kalou nodded a Castelen cross past Boschker five minutes later the points were all but wrapped up. By that time the visitors looked incapable of stunning the Rotterdammers with another two-goal burst to grab a point.
In the end it was Feyenoord that went closest to scoring another one, but substitute Ali Boussaboun went for personal glory when Kuyt was in a better position and Boschker was able to smother the threat.
Feyenoord – FC Twente 4-2
5’ 1-0 Kalou
23’ 2-0 Kuyt (pen)
25’ 2-1 Gerritsen
38’ 2-2 N’Kufo
60’ 3-2 Kuyt
65’ 4-2 Kalou
Yellow: Zomer, N’Kufo, Brama, Ouedraogo
Feyenoord: Aerts; Collen, Vlaar, Greene, Bahia; De Guzman, Hofs (85’ Pardo), Paauwe; Castelen (77’ Boussaboun), Kuyt, Kalou.
FC Twente: Boschker; Ouedraogo (84’ Bouchiba), Zomer, Niemeyer, Heubach; Brama, Bakircioglu, Vidarsson (65’ Schuurman); Touma (74’ Alfonso), N’Kufo, Gerritsen.