FEYENOORD – SPARTA 4-0

Feyenoord took all the honours in the Rotterdam derby at De Kuip Sunday with a commanding victory over Sparta. Nicky Hofs did the spadework in the first half, with two goals in nine minutes, while second half strikes by Dirk Kuyt and Ali Boussaboun added to the home total. The win was given added lustre by the news from Alkmaar, where AZ slipped to a home defeat to FC Utrecht, leaving Feyenoord clear in second place in the Eredivisie.

Feyenoord were expected to roll over their city neighbours, but didn’t show much urgency in the opening half hour, despite the great expectations and Sparta kept their feet relatively easily. The visitors actually engineered the best chance in the early stages, when Davy De Fauw whipped in a vicious cross that Ivan Cvetkov should have exploited better, but the striker could not trouble Lodewijks with his header. Jason Oost also went close, only to see the home keeper frustrate him not once but twice.
 
The writing was on the wall and Koeman decided to heed the warning by having Pierre van Hooijdonk warm up early, but the hosts started to gain the upper hand as the half wore on. A Kalou header was cleared off the line by Sjaak Polak and a Patrick Paauwe drive from distance whisked wide. Suddenly the boot was on the other foot and it seemed only a matter of time before Feyenoord would open the scoring. It was no surprise that Dirk Kuyt was in the thick of things when the breakthrough did eventually come. The attacker sped past his marker Wouter Gudde and sent in a bespoke cross that landed just right for Hofs, who nodded past keeper Ponk.
 
The goal was the catalyst the home side needed and it came as no surprise when Hofs doubled his tally around ten minutes later. This time it was Jonathan de Guzman who supplied, and rather than his head, Hofs used his foot to lob Ponk to make it two nil. The midfielder even had an opportunity to grab his hat trick a few minutes later, but this time Ponk saved his effort, although Feyenoord went in at the break with a tidy lead anyway.
 
Erwin Koeman’s men started the second half as they had ended the first, and were rewarded with a third goal six minutes after the restart. The man at the centre of things was Kuyt again, but Kalou – who supplied the final ball – and Romeo Castelen – who started the move – also played a vital part in setting up Kuyt for a perfect execution.
 
At three nil the three points were signed, sealed and delivered, but the visitors were clearly desperate to get on the score sheet themselves. Former Feyenoord player Jason Oost went closest, but Lodewijks was not in the mood to surrender a clean sheet. At the other end Paauwe tried his luck, but lacked precision and the game seemed to be running out of steam until substitute Boussaboun netted late on after Ponk had kept out his first effort, to round out a happy afternoon for one half of Rotterdam.
        

Feyenoord – Sparta 4-0
27’ 1-0 Hofs
36’ 2-0 Hofs
51’ 3-0 Kuyt
88’ 4-0 Boussaboun
 
Referee: Luinge
 
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Greene, Vlaar, Bahia, Bosschaart; Hofs (79’ Pardo), Paauwe, De Guzman; Castelen, Kuyt, Kalou (74’ Boussaboun).
 
Sparta Rotterdam: Ponk; Gudelj, Schenkel, Gudde, De Fauw; Polak (65’ Kaita), Van Bueren (65’ Bouaouzan), Rose, Obodai, Michels; Cvetkov (79’ Emnes), Oost.

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