Feyenoord ended its Cran Canaria training camp with a fine 4-1 victory over Norwegian champions Rosenborg Tuesday in the Maspalomas Cup. The Rotterdammers were especially fresh in the first period, racing into a three-goal lead courtesy of Kuyt (2x) and Lazovic, and despite wholesale changes later in the game, Smolarek added a fourth at the death to seal a fine victory. MVP in the Rotterdam side for the second consecutive match was the rejuvenated Sebastian Pardo, who stamped his authority on proceedings despite being substituted at the break.

Feyenoord got a great break early on when referee Hernandez penalised a seemingly innocuous challenge on Kuyt with a spot kick. Kuyt took it himself to fire his side ahead on seven minutes.

The big mover and shaker in the Feyenoord eleven was once again Sebastian Pardo, who controlled the middle of the park in a somewhat defensive role.

The Chilean played his last competitive match back in August, but he looks to be right back in the zone. Pardo is gushing with creativity and the absence of Shinji Ono has given the player the elbowroom to put his thing down in the Canaries. And put his thing down he has.

It was no coincidence that Pardo was involved in two of Feyenoord’s first half trio of goals. Lazovic benefited from some fine play by the South American to net the second of the match on 17.

Three minutes later Kuyt took advantage of some outstanding graft by Pardo, who bypassed the whole Norwegian defence with a lob that the Dutchman struck dryly into the net for the third.

Not soon after De Graaf might have got himself a goal, while Kalou also went close with a header, as Feyenoord turned the screw against a side that reached the Champions League group stages earlier this season, and even grabbed a draw against Arsenal.

The Maassiders looked to have everything under control at the back and when Rosenborg did eventually break through it was courtesy of a red and white shirt. Pascal Bosschaart, playing at left back for the second match in succession, inadvertently smashed the ball into the top corner of his own goal to hand the Norwegians a glimmer of hope.

It was the first time that Babos’s goal had been threatened, but it almost happened again as the half drew to a close, and it was ‘home-grown’ once more. Saidi’s back pass put his keeper under pressure and Braaten almost nipped in for the kill.

After the break the Rotterdammers returned without Pardo, but new faces Bahia and Bandalovski did put in an appearance for the first time in a Feyenoord shirt.
Gullit also brought on Basto to set up a very unfamiliar back four, as the three Bs lined up alongside trialist Gibbs.

The logical consequence of fielding almost half a team unused to playing with each other was that Feyenoord were less fluid in the second half. Indeed both Bandalovski and Bahia showed nerves in the early stages, although the two defenders grew in stature as the half wore on.

Gullit also used the opportunity to shuffle the midfield, introducing Ghaly and Smolarek and the latter repaid the compliment with a good last quarter of an hour and Feyenoord’s fourth goal just before the full-time whistle.

Maspalomas Cup, Gran Canaria, Spain
7’0-1 Kuyt (pen)
17’ 0-2 Lazovic
20’ 0-3 Kuyt
27’ 1-3 Bosschaart (og)
90’ 1-4 Smolarek

Feyenoord: Babos; Bosschaart, Saidi (46’ Bahia), Gibbs, Zuiverloon (46’ Bandalovski); De Graaf (74’ Smolarek), Pardo (46’ Basto), Goor, Kuyt (66’
Ghaly); Kalou, Lazovic.

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