Few introductions were needed between the teams as both sides fielded players that have represented the other club at other times in their career. They included Van Hooijdonk for the visitors, but also Evander Sno, Timothy Derijck and Leonardo on the home side, all four of which joined their present club only last month.
Leonardo showed his intentions from the first minute, but exhibited a little too much greed in his desire to prove his former coach wrong. Feyenoord on the other hand hooked up well together down the other end and while the home side had most possession early on, it was the Rotterdammers who posed the biggest threat. Indeed, the first real chance Feyenoord had was converted, and special thanks went to Tamás Petö, who gave the ball straight to Kalou after dispossessing Kuyt. The youngster said thank you by rattling the ball past Schollen to give his side the lead.
After the goal the home side did manage to push Feyenoord back on a regular basis, but failed to create a single guilt-edged opportunity in the process. And yet NAC did manage to force an equaliser on 24, when Diba rifled off an unstoppable shot that Lodewijs couldn’t get anywhere near.
The setback didn’t drain the Maassiders’ attacking spirit however and Feyenoord had the lead back around ten minutes later. Kuyt crossed the ball for Kalou, who nodded home with aplomb. Just before the half-time whistle Leonardo had an opportunity to peg Feyenoord back again, after waltzing past Ron Vlaar, but Lodewijks saved his shot.
Feyenoord showed they could waste chances too when Castelen blasted over from almost on the goal line just after the break. Castelen needed to just tap Kuyt’s shot into the gaping net, but ended up making a complete hash of it. He also failed to convert the next opportunity, although this time the blame could not be laid at his door. Indeed, Castelen sculptured the chance himself after a fine piece of individual skill engineered a shooting opportunity, but Schollen turned the effort round for a corner.
Feyenoord’s trio of former NAC players Collen, Boussaboun and Van Hooijdonk were all warming up by then, although the home side were not offering too much in the way of a threat. It looked like the hosts had used up their energies and there was little surprise when Castelen finally converted one of his chances with just under twenty minutes left on the clock to make it three-one.
All things being equal that would have wrapped up the three points, and Feyenoord could even have added to their lead, when Kuyt, De Guzman and Castelen all went close. Yet the home side managed to summon themselves for one last push as the clock ticked down and Jenner beat Lodewijks in the last minute of normal time to put the match on a knife-edge again. Then the unthinkable happened as the game drifted into time added on, as Diba slid the ball past the visitors’ keeper to draw NAC level. No surprise then that the hosts celebrated their point like a victory when referee Vink finally blew for time.
NAC Breda – Feyenoord 3-3
7’ 0-1 Kalou
24’ 1-1 Diba
35’ 1-2 Kalou
71’ 1-3 Castelen
90’ 2-3 Jenner
90’ 3-3 Diba
NAC Breda: Schollen; Elshot, Sno, Zwaanswijk, Stam; Mendes da Silva, Diba, Petö (46’ Slot), Derijck; Leonardo (75’ Jenner), Vonlanthen (64’ Rigters).
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Greene, Vlaar, Bahia, Bosschaart; Hofs, Paauwe, De Guzman; Castelen, Kuyt (86’ Van Hooijdonk), Kalou.