Giovanni van Bronckhorst watched his men pull a win out of the fire on Sunday with a late goal against FC Utrecht (1-0). Th...
There were more goals for Feyenoord at De Kuip Sunday, as the Rotterdammers rounded off a promising eight days with another four against RKC, making nine in three games and none against. Bart Goor continued his recently goal-scoring form with a brace, with usual suspects Romeo Castelen and Dirk Kuyt claiming the other two. The match was also marked by coach Ruud Gullit's decision to retain Gianni Zuiverloon in his starting line-up, after the youngster made his first Feyenoord start against Hearts on Thursday.
Gullit had demanded greater passion and the match opening seemed to suggest that the home side had digested the words of the coach. The first goal was almost a fact within three minutes, when some Castelen magic on the right conjured up a golden opportunity for Kuyt, but the striker tripped as he gathered himself for a shot and when the ball came back to him he could do no better than drive his effort beyond the post.
The goal did come on ten minutes however. Again it was Castelen who set the attack up, and this time Romeo wooed the crowd by rounding it off himself, threading his shot past keeper Sinouh thanks to a deflection.
The early goal looked like opening the floodgates, but RKC did a good job of putting their fingers in the dike. As a result, the gloss disappeared from the game as the half wore on and Feyenoord took their foot of the pedal.
There were half-chances on both sides, but the sides went in at the break with no further scoring.
Ruud Gullit decided to haul off a below-par Shinji Ono early in the second half, introducing Hossam Ghaly. That was followed by the introduction of Thomas Buffel for Salomon Kalou.
That came sixty seconds after Feyenoord had doubled their lead. Castelen powered towards the visitors goal, skipping past two men, only to find keeper Sinouh in no mood to let the ball past. But the RKC number one could only parry Castelen's effort into the path of Bart Goor, who found the net.
On 69 the lead was extended even further and Goor was in the midst of the action again. The Belgian's slide rule corner kick found the head of Kuyt, who nodded in the third.
Danko Lazovic was given a run out on 85, replacing Kuyt, and the Serb had a foot in Feyenoord's fourth as Goor completed a fine personal performance with five left on the clock. Lazovic threaded an intelligent ball to the feet of Thomas Buffel on the right flank and the Belgian picked out his compatriot Goor in the centre, who chipped the ball into the net for the fourth.
Feyenoord-RKC 4-0 (1-0)
10' 1-0 Castelen
66' 2-0 Goor
69' 3-0 Kuyt
85' 4-0 Goor
Feyenoord: Babos; Zuiverloon, Saidi, Paauwe, Mtiliga; Castelen, Bosschaart, Ono (53' Ghaly), Goor; Kalou (67' Buffel), Kuyt (76' Lazovic).
RKC: Sinouh; Van Diemen, Promes, Greene, Van Hintum (68' Rustenberg); Putter, Takak, Molhoek (67' Martens), Krohn-Dehli; Fuchs, Hoogendorp (76' Janssen).
Referee: P. Vink