Feyenoord were given a dream start after just three minutes, when Lazovic laid it up for Kuyt to score. It was a sign of things to come. Yet it could all have ended very differently, because the hosts were level before the first ten minutes were up. Bot rose unchallenged to meet an incoming free kick, nodding home without further ado. A litany of errors in the host defence enabled Feyenoord to take and gradually extend their lead up to half time and beyond however.
Castelen was the first to exploit home weaknesses, netting after fine preparatory work from Ghaly. It was a goal that came on the day that Castelen was named in the Dutch national squad for next week’s game in England, but he dedicated the strike to something infinitely more precious – his new three-day-old daughter. Next up, it was Kuyt who got his name on the score-sheet for the second time, racing onto a Goor through-ball, rounding keeper Van Fessem and confidently stroking the ball over the line to make it 1-3. Hofs almost made it four before the turnaround, but his effort was beaten by the post.
After the break De Graafschap started with Michael van der Kruis and Dirk Kuyt made the most of the ex-Feyenoorder’s first mistake, pouncing to feed Lazovic, who knocked in his first of the season. That was the trigger for a complete collapse in the home defence, which Lazovic exploited to the full to score his second and Feyenoord’s fifth five minutes later. Lazovic then turned creator not long after when he teamed up with Castelen to supply Hofs, who scored his first goal for Feyenoord and his new club’s sixth of the evening. That was the signal for Gullit to introduce Ono, who made his first appearance since his ankle operation. He was joined within six minutes by Paauwe, who also made his first appearance of the year, but by that time Feyenoord had grabbed a seventh, as Kuyt got his third of the match.
There was even time for the Robbemond to elbow Gibbs out of the game without even picking up a warning from the referee, and for the home side to score their second of the evening when Babos helped a seemingly innocuous effort from Van Beukering into his own net. It was hardly a consolation.
De Graafschap-Feyenoord 2-7 (1-3)
4’ 0-1 Kuyt 9’ 1-1 Bot 25’ 1-2 Castelen 32’ 1-3 Kuyt 47’ 1-4 Lazovic 52’ 1-5 Lazovic 61’ 1-6 Hofs 67’ 1-7 Kuyt 85’ 2-7 Van Beukering
De Graafschap: Van Fessem; Bot, Kalezic (45’ Van der Kruis), Bus, De Graef; Vandenbroecke, Robbemond, Sousa; Magno (45’ Loval), Van Beukering, Zongo (70’ Duits).
Feyenoord: Babos; Östlund, Saidi, Gibbs, Basto; Castelen, Ghaly (67’ Paauwe), Hofs (61’ Ono), Goor (77’ Pardo); Lazovic, Kuyt. Referee: B. Haverkort Yellow: Bus, Basto