‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord picked up all three points at De Kuip Sunday in a game that was much like the Rotterdammers season. After racing into a 4-0 lead just after the break, the home side allowed ADO to score three in quick succession to put themselves under pressure. But ultimately Dirk Kuyt fired Feyenoord to victory with two late goals to complete his hat-trick and get within one goal of 30 for the season.
The game also saw the debut of 17-year-old Diego Biseswar as a substitute halfway through the second half, while Tim Vincken played his third game for the club and his first in De Kuip.
Feyenoord raced out of the starting blocks eager to end the season on the right note, and showed a resolve that has been missing on the pitch in recent weeks. The game was only 14 minutes old when the Rotterdammers reaped their first harvest.
Ono’s long pass found Goor on the left side of the penalty are and the Belgian thundered in a drive that rattled the underside of the bar as it flew into the net.
The next player to get on the scoresheet was Ono himself. Kalou teed it up for the Japanese who said thank you very much by guiding his effort beyond the clutches of Paauwe to make it 2-0.
ADO may have been hoping to make it to half time without leaking any more goals, but it was not to be, as Kalou cut through the visiting defence like a hot knife through butter and banged in the third.
With the creative juices flowing it looked like Feyenoord might go on to run up a big score, especially when Kuyt added a fourth within a minute of the turnaround. Yet the visitors began an unlikely fight-back six minutes later, as Sjaak Polak lobbed Babos from the edge of the penalty area to put ADO on the scoresheet.
Within ten minutes it would be 4-3 as the Hague outfit totally overran the Maassiders. First Cedric van der Gun gladly struck after being fed by Roy Stroeve. The third came on 62. Babos was able to keep out Swerts’s initial shot, but he had no chance when Geert den Ouden converted the rebound to put Feyenoord under pressure.
Feyenoord refused to cave in however and even managed to set up a few attacks of their own. Kuyt missed what looked like an easy chance with only Paauwe to beat, but made up for it not along after. There were 11 minutes left on the clock when the Eredivisie’s leading goalgetter rounded Paauwe and stroked home goal 28 of the campaign.
The three points were in the bag, but Kuyt still had some unfinished business and he moved onto 29 goals just before the end, using his head to dispossess Paauwe and rounding the hapless ADO goalie again for his hat-trick.
Feyenoord – ADO Den Haag 6-3
14’ 1-0 Goor
24’ 2-0 Ono
38’ 3-0 Kalou
46’ 4-0 Kuyt
52’ 4-1 Polak
55’ 4-2 Van der Gun
62’ 4-3 Den Ouden
79’ 5-3 Kuyt
87’ 6-3 Kuyt
Feyenoord: Babos; Östlund, Saidi (65’ Zuiverloon), Gibbs (74’ Bahia), Basto; Castelen, Ono, Goor, Vincken (67’ Biseswar); Kuyt, Kalou.
ADO Den Haag: Paauwe; Swerts, Grujic, Saeijs, El-Akchaoui; Smith (46’ Den Ouden), Bodde (44’ Rijaard), Van der Leegte, Polak; Stroeve (80’ Verhoek), Van der Gun.
Yellow: Saeijs, Den Ouden