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Feyenoord were unable to keep a rampant AZ under control at Alkmaarderhout Sunday, going down to a hefty defeat. Ruud Gullit’s side were aiming for the win that would take them to the top of the Eredivisie against Cor Adriaanse’s team, but in a dreadful afternoon, the Rotterdammers looked shaky in defence and ended the match with only nine men, after losing Chong-Gug Song – just back after a spell on the sidelines – and Pascal Bosschaart to red cards.
The game was attractive from the first minute and it took the home side a little less than 300 seconds to take the lead. A corner was floated in and some schoolboy defending by Feyenoord in their own box allowed Mathijsen to slot the ball into the net at the back post.
The early home goal was a knock-back for the Maassiders, but it did generate a positive response, as Feyenoord wrested the initiative from AZ.
Feyenoord – with Song but without Basto – found it difficult to dictate the game in the early stages, with Shinji Ono looking out of sorts.
There were chances on both sides in the first 45, with Paauwe (overhead kick, 7 minutes), Kalou (shot across goal, 10 minutes), Ono (drive just over, 30 minutes) and Kuyt (shot across goal, 37 minutes) all going close.
But ironically it was a home player that put Feyenoord level near the end of the first period. Shinji Ono’s free kick was met majestically by AZ’s Kromkamp, who powered the ball into his own net for the equaliser.
Babos made sure the sides went in all square at the turnaround with two excellent reflex saves.
Shinji Ono was the creator of Feyenoord’s biggest second-half chance, finding the head of Kalou, whose effort rattled against the bar, but the game turned on two events within a minute soon after.
First De Cler appeared to foul Kuyt in the area, only for referee Van Egmond waved play on. The subsequent AZ counter saw the home side race into Feyenoord territory and with the visitors at sixes and sevens Perez latched onto a Meerdink cross to put the home side ahead.
With fifteen left on the clock Ruud Gullit took off Kalou, replacing him with Buffel, despite a run by the Ivorian that beat two men and gave Feyenoord their best chance in a while. The Belgian hadn’t got into the game before AZ extended their lead with another Perez strike.
The home win was as good as confirmed not long after, when Bosschaart’s foul on Kromkamp was penalised with a red card.
The news got worse in the final stages, as Song committed a foul on Huysegems that was born of frustration and it earned him a red card too.
With only nine men left on the pitch, the Rotterdammers were unable to hold out as Nelisse made it four near the end.
AZ-Feyenoord 4-1 (1-1)
4’ 1-0 Mathijsen
42’ 1-1 Kromkamp (og)
63’ 2-1 Perez
75’ 3-1 Perez
87’ 4-1 Nelisse
AZ: Timmmer; Jaliens (46’Meerdink), Opdam, Mathijssen; Kromkamp, Landzaat, Buskermolen, De Cler; Huysegems, Van Gaalen (60’ Sektioui), Perez (76’ Nelisse).
Feyenoord: Babos; Song, Saidi, Paauwe, Mtiliga; Castelen, Ono, Bosschaart, Goor; Kalou, Kuyt.
Referee: D. van Egmond
Red: Bosschaart, Song