Koeman brought in Sebastián Pardo to replace the suspended Patrick Paauwe against what looked like a tough opponent, as Heracles have taken points off PSV, Ajax and AZ this term already. The coach had said ahead of the game that he wasn’t going to underestimate the Eredivisie new boys and his side paid their visitors a compliment from the first whistle by attacking with a vengeance.
The hard work paid off after just eight minutes. De Guzman played in Boussaboun, who found himself eye-to-eye with keeper Martin Pieckenhagen. The Moroccan international struck the ball with the outside of his foot to beat his adversary.
The early breakthrough did little to satiate the home team’s hunger and within ten minutes the lead had been doubled. Greene started the move and when he got the ball back from Kuyt he rode his luck to grab his first goal for the club via the keeper’s body.
The crowd in the stands were already in a happy frame of mind after hearing about Ajax’s fifth league defeat of the season earlier in the day and the atmosphere started to liken a big party when Salomon Kalou latched onto a bad pass by Marc Höcher, skinned three men and finished in style by slotting the ball into the near corner. It was a great way for the youngster to shake off the stress of an appearance at the court of appeals Friday and to go some way to responding to Marco van Basten’s claim that he is ‘an exceptional talent with extraordinary qualities’.
Heracles seemed to be out for the count as Feyenoord continued to pin the visitors back in their own half. The fourth goal almost came before the break, but the post foiled Hossam Ghaly from getting on the scoresheet after a fine wall pass off Sebastián Pardo.
The fourth goal was not long in coming once the sides had remerged after the break however. Boussaboun dispossessed the experienced Nico-Jan Hoogma and homed in on goal. Despite having Kuyt ready to assist him, the Moroccan displayed sky-high confidence in smashing the ball into the net without any help.
Heracles were looking more composed than they had down in the first half and even created a good chance when Sergio Hellings headed inches wide. But it was Feyenoord who were generating the majority of goal-scoring opportunities. Dirk Kuyt was not looking at his sharpest however, failing to hit the target with a quartet of chances. Yet he showed his exceptional class by going on to convert a chance he had no right to. Kalou found himself with space in front of him and the ball at his feet when De Guzman passed to him, but when the Ivorian missed the ball completely Kuyt followed up behind him to score off the inside of the post.
The Rotterdammers didn’t appear to be satisfied with five and the next one came shortly after cult hero Christian Gyan replaced Greene. Inevitably it was Kuyt who got it. Next off the bench was Derijck, who finally made his debut for the club after twelve games on the bench.
The Almelo outfit grabbed a late goal for pride’s sake through Jansen, but it just seemed to annoy Feyenoord, who added a seventh in injury time, when De Guzman rattled in a hard drive.
Feyenoord – Heracles Almelo 7-1
8’ 1-0 Boussaboun
18´ 2-0 Greene
34´ 3-0 Kalou
58´ 4-0 Boussaboun
77´ 5-0 Kuyt
82´ 6-0 Kuyt
86´ 6-1 Jansen
90´ 7-1 De Guzman