Dirk Kuyt will officially end his professional playing career on Sunday 27 May 2018. Twelve months after the 37-year-old ne...
Ruud Gullit’s side made it four Eredivisie wins on the bounce Sunday, sweeping away the challenge of RBC—and the memory of Sporting Lisbon—with a 3-0 victory at De Kuip. The Rotterdam opener came from main suspect Dirk Kuyt midway though the first-half, but it wasn’t until Salamon Kalou added a second halfway through the second that the home side started to relax. Shinji Ono celebrated his return to league action with the third in what was a fairly easy win in the end.
Feyenoord almost got a dream start when Östlund struck from the right side of the penalty area, but he just managed to pull his drive a few metres wide. The next opportunity unexpectedly fell to RBC, but Elvis Hammond was unable to keep his effort on target with only Lodewijks to beat.
Feyenoord reacted well to the let off. Danko Lazovic was the first to have a dig, although he never seriously threatened Friedel’s goal, but with 22 on the clock Bart Goor really tested the visiting keeper, meeting Kuyt’s pass with a hard drive that Friedel stopped with a reflex save.
Yet the goalie undid all his good work within minutes, losing sight of an inbound ball that landed at the feet of top-scorer Kuyt, who placed it beyond Fortes Rodrigues on the line to open the scoring.
Kuyt’s 21st Eredivisie strike didn’t really have any impact on the flow of the game, as everyone save Patrick Lodewijks camped out in the visitors’ half and the home keeper himself watched the action from halfway up the pitch. But RKC did manage to get to the break without conceding any more goals. Only once did Feyenoord test Friebel, when the Roosendaal keeper palmed an Östlund drive around the post for a corner.
The home side should have been awarded a penalty within minutes of the restart when Lazovic was brought down by Fortes Rodrigues, but referee Koopman decided that there was nothing wrong with the challenge and the Serb’s protests earned him a caution.
When Lazovic went close to picking up a second yellow card with an ill-judged challenge on the visiting keeper, Gullit took the decision to bring him off in favour of Kalou. The substitute didn’t look too threatening after his introduction, as the RBC defence emulated the Chinese Wall in its success at keeping the enemy out. Indeed the visitors almost earned an equaliser with a fast breakout, which De Groot finished with a shot that went just over.
With the three points far from secure, the coach brought on Ono with over twenty minutes to go; Basto made way. The switch shifted Feyenoord’s focus on attack and it wasn’t long before the home side started to create some chances. The Japanese himself was the first to find himself in a promising position, although his lob was too high.
But a minute later the Rotterdammers had their second goal. Kalou did some keyhole surgery in a crowded penalty area, extracting a goal with a precise manoeuvre that left Friebel clutching at air.
With the win seemingly in the bag Feyenoord opened up, and the third goal came just three minutes later. This time it was Ono who grabbed it, pouncing on a loose ball to net.
The Maassiders may even have added another before the end, but Kuyt was denied when Friebel pulled off a fine save.
Feyenoord 3-0 RBC Roosendaal
24´ 1-0 Kuyt
79´ 2-0 Kalou
82´ 3-0 Ono
Yellow: Lazovic, Kalou (Feyenoord)