Giovanni van Bronckhorst scarcely recognised his own team in Sunday’s 0-2 defeat to Fortuna Sittard. The loss brought to ...
Feyenoord won their second game of the week Wednesday sweeping aside the amateurs of Rohda Raalte. Kalou, Boussaboun, Leonardo, Östlund and Hofs got their names on the score sheet on behalf of the professionals without the home side threatening the Feyenoord goal. It was a sweet evening for Boussaboun, who scored on his debut, although he was made to wait as kick-off was held up by half an hour after the Feyenoord team coach got stuck in gridlock.
Koeman refused to draw conclusions after the slim one-nil in Alphen Monday, but he did point up the lack of sharpness in the front line. Unsurprising then that the coach continued to experiment in Raalte, with once more a different formation either side of the break and no Dirk Kuyt, who was rested again. Glenn Loovens missed out with a thigh strain.
Feyenoord had certainly sharpened up during the past forty-eight hours. ‘We scored more today,’ said Koeman, ‘although we could have got a lot more. But I’m glad the crowd have seen some goals and that the score looked better than Monday’s.’
The match but just six minutes old when Salomon Kalou headed home an Alexander Östlund cross for the first. Kalou was one of the movers and shakers in the first period with some great skills and a couple of shots that were denied first by the post then by the keeper.
Debutant Ali Boussaboun also showed a huge amount of commitment and was rewarded with a goal of his own on 25. The Moroccan international left two defenders and the keeper for dead before guiding the ball into the far corner to raise a cheer from the five-thousand-strong crowd. Koeman praised Boussaboun’s strike post-match, although he was less charmed by the player’s overeagerness. ‘It’s logical that he wants to prove himself. But he doesn’t have to; he just has to fulfill his tasks. But it’s clear that he’s keen, he showed that today.’
Feyenoord made it three just before the break after some fine interplay between Boussaboun, Schreuder and Leonardo. The Brazilian found himself without a marker, rounding off the move with a goal.
It was all change at half-time as only Aerts, Östlund and Greene returned for the second period, but there was little variation in the to and fro of the game as Feyenoord continued to rule. Aerts was not troubled once during the whole ninety minutes, because the home side were unable to break over the halfway line.
Feyenoord just kept creating chance after chance and defender Östlund got the fourth of the night after Pardo and Hofs had both tested the post. Hofs did eventually net himself after the hour mark to make it a round five.
Rohda Raalte 0–5 Feyenoord
6’ 0-1 Kalou
25’ 0-2 Boussaboun
43’ 0-3 Leonardo
52’ 0-4 Östlund
65’ 0-5 Hofs
First half: Aerts; Östlund, Greene, Paauwe, Snoyl; De Graaf, Schreuder, Goor; Leonardo, Boussaboun, Kalou.
Second half: Aerts; Östlund, Greene, Bahia, Bosschaart; Hofs, Ghaly, Pardo; Castelen, Lazovic, Magrão.