Pieter Collen and Maikel Aerts went into the game with most to win from a good performance. Aerts started his first competitive game for Feyenoord after eight months at De Kuip, while Collen was named in the first eleven for Feyenoord for the first time since 2001.
The home side began well, giving FC Utrecht little chance to build up a head of steam from the kick off. The visitors were pushed back towards their own box from the first minute, as the home side looked to end FC Utrecht’s run of good results against them with a blitzkrieg. The bombardment was so total that Foeke Booy’s team were not allowed to get a single shot on target despite waltzing to a 0-3 win in the corresponding fixture last season – a win that was followed up with a 3-1 defeat of Feyenoord in Utrecht earlier this campaign.
Home keeper Aerts spent most of his time trying to keep himself warm, while Utrecht goalie Joost Terol worked up a sweat at the other end, keeping his side on terms despite a barrage of efforts from the Maassiders. The game was just four minutes old when Terol was called into action for the first time – a shot from Kuyt. The Dutch international was also responsible for the second effort of the afternoon, heading a cross from Hofs towards goal only to see Terol tip the effort onto the bar. Dwight Tiendalli was forced to adopt illegal methods next time Feyenoord powered forward, hauling Kalou to the floor in the box, but Kuyt inexplicitly shot the spot kick straight at the keeper.
Kuyt continued hunt for the opener though and not long after the striker saw a shot rebound to Castelen who missed his kick and then Kalou who only half struck the ball, which eventually rolled out over the dead-ball line. The chances didn’t dry up though, as a Greene shot and a Kalou header both threatened, but neither was able to keep their efforts down.
Feyenoord finally got the break through five minutes ahead of the break. De Guzman claimed the assist, setting up Kalou, who slid the ball under Terol’s body to open the scoring. Feyenoord might have kicked on from there to extend the lead before half time, but heavy snowfall put the brakes on the home side, who went in at the break just a goal to the good despite their huge supremacy.
Feyenoord picked up the thread well when the snow stopped and the sun returned however, and even looked sharper than before the flurry. Indeed, the very first opportunity was converted. Moving forward, Collen made sure he didn’t get dizzy as he approached the visitors’ penalty box, finding Kuyt, who placed the ball past Terol into the far corner to double Feyenoord’s lead and put the missed spot-kick behind him.
FC Utrecht did try to come forward themselves after that, but Ramzi couldn’t keep his effort down on 68, clearing the bar with his shot by several meters. The home side on the other hand gave their fans enough to keep them warm in the chill. Kuyt had a trio of chances to extend the lead and De Guzman also had an opportunity, but neither could beat Terol to move the Rotterdammers further ahead. The lead did give Feyenoord the confidence to put on a show though, not least Greene in midfield, who was the best player on the pitch.
The show was rewarded once more in the final minutes, when Kalou headed in a third to complete a miserable day for the visitors, who ended the game with ten men, after Shew-Atjon picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon.
Feyenoord – FC Utrecht 3-0
40’ 1-0 Kalou
49’ 2-0 Kuyt
88’ 3-0 Kalou
Yellow: Hofs, Tiendalli, Van Steensel, Braafheid
Red: Shew-Atjon (83’)
Feyenoord: Aerts; Collen, Vlaar, Bahia, Bosschaart; Hofs, Greene, De Guzman; Castelen (88’ Boussaboun), Kuyt, Kalou.
FC Utrecht: Terol; Braafheid, Van Steensel (46’ Shew-Atjon), Broerse (71’ Douglas), Tiendalli; Somers, Caluwé, De Jong; Van den Bergh, Nelisse (Fortuné), Ramzi.