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The visitors plundered all three points at De Kuip Sunday, as Feyenoord’s unbeaten Eredivisie record was emphatically ended against FC Utrecht. Schut, Somers and Broerse grabbed the goals that handed Ruud Gullit his first competitive reverse as the Rotterdammer’s coach and knocked his side off the top of the table. And there was more anxiety for the Maassiders, as Shinji Ono failed to come out for the second half after picking up an ankle knock.
Castelen regained his starting place in Ruud Gullit’s line-up, together with Saidi, Kuyt, Kalou and Ono, after Thursday’s disappointing show against Odd Grenland
Castelen was relatively anonymous in the early stages, as the home side probed down the left – where Basto got himself well forward on occasion – or down the middle – where Kalou and Kuyt seemed to be teaming up well.
The home side didn’t really threaten their opponent’s goal more than twice in the whole of the first half however, although the visitors put Babos’s clean sheet under pressure as early as the fifth minute when Douglas whipped a shot across goal.
The first came when Bosschaart got in a fine cross that Saidi got his head to, but Ponk pulled off a one-handed reflex save. Soon after came the second, as Goor just missed the target with a powerful jab.
The first goal of the match came after half an hour and it raised few smiles in De Kuip, as Schut got on the end of the visitors’ first corner of the afternoon to nick the lead for FC Utrecht.
The damage could have been greater were it not for an outstanding display from keeper Babos. The forty-five were almost up when Paauwe blundered and Douglas found himself with nothing but grass and fresh air between him and the goal. And Feyenoord’s number one of course, who saved the day with a fine stop.
Ruud Gullit was left with a dilemma at the break as it became clear that Ono would not be able to continue. That led to the introduction of Chris Gyan.
The second half started with some passion from the home side, as Bosschaart took out Douglas illegally to earn himself a yellow card. It certainly turned up the heat after a lukewarm first half.
Without Ono as playmaker Feyenoord found it tough going however and Gullit wasted little time pulling off one Belgian – Bart Goor – for another – Thomas Buffel.
It didn’t really have much effect on the home side’s penetration though and Utrecht were near to doubling their lead when Leitoe was given the time and space to get a shot in. Babos saved well to keep his team in the game yet again.
Lazovic came on for Bosschaart as Gullit continued to look for inspiration up front, but when it did come the second goal of the afternoon went to the visitors.
Even Babos couldn’t stop a Somers piledriver as the clock ticked down the final few minutes, and FC Utrecht rounded off a miserable Sunday’s entertainment for the Feyenoord fans with a third in stoppage time as Broerse headed in from close range.
Feyenoord-FC Utrecht 0-3 (0-1)
30’ 0-1 Schut
88’ 0-2 Somers
90’ 0-3 Broerse
Babos, Song, Saidi, Paauwe, Basto; Castelen, Bosschaart (77’ Lazovic), Ono (46’ Gyan), Goor (57’ Buffel); Kalou, Kuyt.
Ponk; Cornelisse, Di Tommaso, Schut, Braafheid; Douglas, Keller (70’ Keller), Somers, Van den Bergh (64’ Leitoe); Tanghe, Van der Haar (64’ Broerse).
Referee: P. Allaerts