Feyenoord moved within a point of leaders PSV with the goal-heavy demolition of Willem II at De Kuip Thursday. It was a great way to round out 2005 for the Rotterdammers, although they had to be patient. Yet after Dirk Kuyt made the breakthrough in first-half injury time the floodgates opened and Kuyt himself eventually finished with three goals, while Salomon Kalou grabbed two and Sebastián Pardo got the other.

Indeed it was an incident filled match, as Shinji Ono made his first appearance for almost three weeks and Patrick Lodewijks was forced to retire early on 73 minutes with a light hamstring problem. Alexander Östlund was shown his fourth yellow card and is now ruled out of the match against Vitesse that marks the return of the Eredivisie on 15 January. 

Hossam Ghaly was unable to take his place in the starting line-up due to a groin strain and Sebastián Pardo perhaps surprisingly stepped into the breach ahead of Shinji Ono. 

The first half was a frustrating one for the home side as Willem II showed their commitment to the cause with some robust play. Koeman’s side were unable to create much of note, manufacturing just one chance in the opening period when Pascal Bosschaart was played in by Ali Boussaboun on 21 with only keeper Peter Zois to beat. Unfortunately the visiting goalie had the most nerve, turning round Bosschaart’s effort for a corner.  

Kuyt had a dig from distance a little later, but Zois was up to it again, while at the other end Martijn Reuser went mighty close with a header on 34. It looked as if the visitors would go in at the break without conceding, but that was reckoning without Kuyt, who headed in Jonathan de Guzman’s cross in stoppage time. 

Koeman’s first move after the turnaround was to replace Östlund with Ono, which certainly brought a big cheer from the stands. It was the Japanese midfielder’s first appearance for three months after a foot injury and subsequent surgery. With Ono in the team and a one-goal advantage the crowd perhaps sensed that there was still time for it to be a great night. And happily Feyenoord did not let them down. 

Ono himself was the first to threaten with a drive that he just couldn’t keep down, but the Rotterdammers had soon doubled their lead anyway. It was Pardo who rounded off a fine move with a well-placed shot in the near corner. That basically ended the visitors’ challenge after such a brave first half performance. Kalou should have made it three on 52, but his header was wonderfully saved by Zois, after good work by Kuyt. Yet Feyenoord – and Kalou – were simply not to be denied. Kuyt was once again supplier on the hour; this time his strike partner managed to get his foot to the ball and redirect it past the keeper. 

Reuser pulled one back for Willem II on 66 with a spectacular volley, but Feyenoord had regained their three-goal cushion within two minutes, when Kalou got another with his foot. Substitute Biseswar played Kalou in, who calmly slotted home his side’s fourth of the night. 

Clearly the Maassiders were not satisfied with their haul, adding a fifth on 74 through Kuyt, thanks to a lack of concentration by an otherwise impressive Zois. And four minutes later Kuyt reverted to type but grabbing his hat-trick with a firm header that had the keeper well beaten. 

Feyenoord – Willem II 6-1
45´ 1-0 Kuyt
49´ 2-0 Pardo
60´ 3-0 Kalou
66´ 3-1 Reuser
68´ 4-1 Kalou
74´ 5-1 Kuyt
78´ 6-1 Kuyt 

Yellow: Östlund, Smit, Van Nieuwstadt, Reuser
Feyenoord: Lodewijks (73´ Aerts); Östlund (46´ Ono), Greene, Bahia, Bosschaart; Paauwe, De Guzman, Pardo; Boussaboun (32´ Biseswar), Kuyt, Kalou.
Willem II: Zois; Wau, Smit (55´ Holman), Van Nieuwstadt, Van der Haar; Fehér, Reuser, Agustien, Caluwé (80´ Ceesay); Hadouir, Dembele.

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