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Feyenoord won their last preseason friendly in the run-up to Sunday’s Eredivisie curtain raiser, striking six times without reply against Voorschoten ’97 Tuesday. Four goals and an assist marked Dirk Kuyt out for a man of the match nomination, while Alfred Schreuder and Ali Boussaboun got the other two in a game that saw Sherif Ekramy make his Feyenoord debut. Another newcomer in Erwin Koeman’s team was 17-year-old youth prospect Michel Poldervaart.
Just five days before the start of the season Koeman will have wanted his men to wipe away the memories of Saturday’s unhappy 2-2 draw with Schijndel. His team was fired up to finish preseason with a good performance as Feyenoord started enthusiastically. Patrick Paauwe was a symbol of the drive shown by the Rotterdammers, covering a huge number of kilometres. That commitment was almost rewarded with a goal, but the defender’s shot was just about kept out by keeper Keemink.
In the end it didn’t take long for Koeman’s side to get their noses in front. The game was 17 minutes old when Alfred Schreuder saw his shot deflected into the net to give his side the lead. The goal disrupted the home side and allowed Feyenoord to take a firm grip on the game. Kuyt soon got the second and it looked like getting worse for Voorschoten when Ali Boussaboun skinned the whole home defence, but he was beaten by the post.
The match settled down someone after that and the amateur side were able to regroup. It even allowed Voorschoten to give new Egyptian keeper Ekramy something to do.
Voorschoten’s Saturday squad made way for the Sunday squad at the break, which gave Feyenoord the chance to work on their confidence. The visitors grabbed tight hold of the game, pushing the home side back into their own half for most of the time.
The goal was not long in coming and unsurprisingly it was headed in by Kuyt on 52 minutes. Kuyt almost had another one three minutes later, but this time the keeper did well to keep the effort out. The striker did get his revenge on 58 though, finding Boussaboun who finished with ease. Next to be set up by the captain was Ghaly, but he was unable to keep his shot down from just a few metres out.
That may have inspired Kuyt to have a try himself and it paid dividends when he tapped in the fifth after Kalou’s strike was parried by the keeper, while number six came after a pass from Poldervaart – the A-junior who came on in the last few minutes: Kuyt finished stylishly. He even went close to another one late on, when he struck a post, while Pardo also had time to strike the bar.
Voorschoten ‘97 – Feyenoord 0-6
17’ Schreuder 0-1
19’ Kuyt 0-2
52’ Kuyt 0-3
58’ Boussaboun 0-4
74’ Kuyt 0-5
82’ Kuyt 0-6
Ekramy; Östlund (7’, Greene), Bahia (68’ Saidi), Snoyl (46’ Bosschaart); De Graaf (46’ Ghaly), Schreuder (68’ Pardo), Paauwe; Boussaboun (68’ Derijck), Kuyt, Kalou.