‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord’s bad week continued with a heartbreaking penalty shootout reverse at the hands of PSV in the Amstel Cup semifinal Wednesday night. It had all started so well for the home side, and an early strike by Salomon Kalou looked like putting Feyenoord in the final until Beasly squared the game with a minute left. After a tense extra time period the Maassiders were sloppy with their penalties and PSV celebrated last and longest.
The Rotterdammers were highly motivated from the first whistle and appeared to want to wipe away the tears shed against Ajax with a strong showing against PSV. The result was a goal after only four minutes and the scorer was Salomon Kalou who headed home a Goor free kick to calm nerves on the terraces.
Yet it could have all started so differently, because Farfán almost handed the visitors the advantage within a minute, but his shot whisked wide. After the early strike the match levelled out and there were good chances for both teams.
The first was for Castelen, who forced a fine save out of Gomes. After a quarter of an hour Farfán had a chance to redeem himself, but he pulled his shot wide from a similar position.
The next opportunity fell to the home side. Saidi’s header was parried by Gomes and the keeper then reacted fast to turn Ono’s effort around the post when he didn’t look to have a cat in hell’s chance of keeping the ball out.
Feyenoord tried a couple of long-range shots through Hofs and Kuyt, but neither could keep their efforts down. Then Kalou let rip just before the turnaround. The visitors countered with attempts by Park and Sibon, but Babos was up to the challenge on both occasions.
After the break Feyenoord continued in the same vein, refusing to be overawed by their successful opponents. PSV decided it was time to sweat a little as the league leaders went looking for an equaliser.
That didn’t exactly mean that the chances came thick and fast. As a consequence, Robert was introduced for the invisible Sibon. Not long after Gullit made a change too, bringing on Edwin de Graaf for Castelen.
Feyenoord were the first to create something after the substitutions. Bosschaart could have cut the home side loose, but fed Kalou when he should have gone for glory himself and the Ivorian could only manage a weak shot that didn’t trouble the visitors’ keeper.
Farfán might have levelled things just a minute later, when he had only Babos to beat, but the Peruvian laid the ball off to Robert, who netted only to see the goal ruled out for offside.
Ultimately PSV did get the equaliser however and it came in the last minute of normal time. DaMarcus Beasley it was who scored the goal that shook De Kuip to its foundations and took the match into extra time.
The visitors dictated play throughout the extra thirty, and Robert (shot against the bar) and Lucius (header just wide) both went close. Beasley had the chance to shoot PSV into the final with fourteen left on the clock, but Babos kept his effort out.
The Rotterdammers responded with one chance of their own, when Gomes was forced to use his feet to deny Lazovic, but in the end it went to penalties.
Misses by Goor and De Graaf meant that Feyenoord were playing catch-up, despite Farfán’s early miss, and when Lucius stroked PSV’s fifth penalty past Babos the home fans grieved for the second time in four days.
Feyenoord 1–1 PSV (PSV win on 2-4 penalties)
3’ 1-0 Kalou
88’ 1-1 Beasley
0-1 Van Bommel
Yellows: Hofs, De Graaf, Lucius
Feyenoord: Babos; Östlund, Saidi, Gibbs, Bosschaart; Castelen (69’ De Graaf), Ono, Hofs (91’ Lazovic), Goor; Kuyt, Kalou (81’ Leonardo).
PSV: Gomes; Bögelund, Bouma (110’ Addo), Alex (99’ Afellay), Lee; Farfán, Lucius, Van Bommel, Park; Sibon (67’ Robert), Beasley.