‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
The Rotterdammers ratcheted up their confidence ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Sporting Lisbon with a second successive seven-goal show Sunday. The mammoth victory at De Kuip means that Feyenoord are now the Eredivisie’s top scorers. MVP was undoubtedly Nicky Hofs, who racked up a hat-trick and an assist. Dirk Kuyt also grabbed two to take his season’s league haul to 19. Cory Gibbs and Bruno Basto were the other goal-scorers in a match that marked the return to action of Leonardo.
Ruud Gullit started with Danko Lazovic ahead of the recovered Salomon Kalou up front and Patrick Paauwe in the centre of midfield. But it was two relatively new faces that grabbed the limelight early on. Nicky Hofs and Cory Gibbs both looked impressive and both managed to get on the score-sheet before the break.
Gibbs opened the scoring halfway through the first half, rising to head a cross past keeper Moens to send Feyenoord on their way. It was a timely intervention by the American, because his side would have conceded the first goal of the afternoon by that time, if Ceesay’s strike had not be ruled out for a foul.
But the home side wasted little time building their lead, grabbing a second within five minutes. This time is was Hofs who finished, curling his free kick over the Willem II wall on 26.
Usual suspect Dirk Kuyt then added a third from the spot after Van Sichem had hauled down Lazovic in the area, before Gibbs found Hofs with a fine pass across the deck that Hofs lobbed over Moens beautifully for Feyenoord’s fourth. The visitors will have been pleased to hear the halftime whistle.
But it soon started up again after the turnaround. There was plenty of self-confidence in the home team as Willem II found themselves totally outclassed. Feyenoord created chance after chance, with both Lazovic and Kuyt close to extending the lead, only to be denied by Moens.
But the goal was not long in coming. This time it was Lazovic who laid it up for Kuyt and the Dutch international finished off with aplomb for five.
It was a respectable total, but the Maassiders didn’t appear interested in letting up. On the hour Castelen found Hofs and the youngster hit his third of the afternoon and Feyenoord’s sixth.
That was the sign for Gullit to introduce Leonardo, who entered the field to a rousing reception.
And there was even time for the red and whites to grab their fourteen goal in three hours of football, when Bruno Basto struck the seventh—his first for the club—in the final minutes.
Feyenoord – Willem II 7-0
21´ 1-0 Gibbs
26´ 2-0 Hofs
38´ 3-0 Kuyt (pen)
41´ 4-0 Hofs
51´ 5-0 Kuyt
60´ 6-0 Hofs
88´ 7-0 Basto
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Östlund (46. Zuiverloon), Saidi, Gibbs, Basto;
Castelen, Paauwe, Hofs, Goor (61. Leonardo); Kuyt, Lazovic (70. Kalou).
Willem II: Moens; Van der Struijk, Van der Haar, Van Nieuwstadt (54. Van
Mosselveld), Kreek; Victoria, Ceesay (71. Delanoy), Smit; Lepoint, Caluwé, Bobson (73. Denissen).
Yellow: Smit (Willem II)