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Feyenoord were unable to upset Eredivisie champions PSV Sunday despite coming back from a goal down twice in the match. A double strike by Dirk Kuyt meant the sides were level on 51 minutes, but subsequent strikes by Van Bommel and Afellay ensured the points went to the home side. Tim Vincken came on for Romeo Castelen with half an hour left on the clock to make his first team debut for the Maassiders, while Nicky Hofs picked up his umpteenth booking, putting him out of the season’s last game against ADO Den Haag.
The home fans were hoping that Mark van Bommel and Johann Vogel would lead their side to victory in their farewell home match ahead of transfers out of Eindhoven and the champions converted the first chance that came their way in their hunt to give the two a great send-off. Wilfred Bouma played the ball to Young-Pyo Lee out on the left wing and the Korean put in a well-judged shot that Babos kept out with his fingertips. The ball dropped to Ibrahim Afellay however and the youngster netted for his first ever eague goal.
It was a bad start for Feyenoord, but the visitors refused to be knocked out of their stride. Within a minute Hofs found himself in a promising position, but couldn’t keep his shot on target despite only having Gomes to beat.
It did give the Rotterdammers a boost however and on 22 they’d squared the match. The home defence left Kuyt uncovered and the Eredivisie’s top scorer repaid their generosity with strike number 25 of the season with a hard drive that Gomes was unable to get down to. Kalou was the provider.
The visitors might have pushed on to bigger and better things, but it was PSV that took the baton on after the leveller. Ono conceded possession in the middle of the park and suddenly Afellay was left with acres of space between him and the Rotterdam goal. Fortunately his shot whisked wide of the post.
Feyenoord were being forced backwards and the only efforts on goal by the Maasiders were from distance. Both Gibbs and Kalou failed to keep speculative efforts down. When the goal did come, it came at the other end. Theo Lucius saw Vennegoor of Hesselink in space on the left side of the penalty area and the famously long-named striker stroked home with ease to put PSV ahead at the break.
Feyenoord refused to buckle however. Indeed, Ruud Gullit appeared to have fired up his side during the turnaround and the Rotterammers soon made their intentions known when Kuyt let rip from outside the box just after the restart. The ball flew into the net to give the attacker yet another Eredivisie strike.
The goal unleashed a rapid response from Van Bommel, who drove through a lacklustre Feyenoord defence before stroking the ball home to give PSV the lead back within sixty seconds.
It was to be the decisive goal, as Feyenoord were unable to respond. The home side’s efforts were devoted to defusing the game. For the most part at least, because no one appeared to have told Afellay, who wanted to taste the flavour of a goal again. His long-distance drive went straight into the corner of the net to rubber stamp the home side’s win and Feyenoord’s third straight loss.
PSV 4–2 Feyenoord
14´ 1-0 Afellay
22´ 1-1 Kuyt
40´ 2-1 Vennegoor of Hesselink
51´ 2-2 Kuyt
52´ 3-2 Van Bommel
71´ 4-2 Afellay
PSV: Gomes; Lucius, Alex, Bouma, Lee; Afellay, Van Bommel (86´ Vogel), Cocu; Park, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Farfán.
Feyenoord: Babos; Östlund, Saidi, Gibbs, Bosschaart (11´ Basto); Castelen (63´ Vincken), Ono, Gibbs, Goor; Kuyt, Kalou.
Yellow: Van Bommel, Afellay, Ono, Goor, Hofs