‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
The Alpen Cup got underway Tuesday evening with a fine victory for Feyenoord. In a game that gave the fans much to be optimistic about, the Rotterdammers scored four times, through Ghaly, Lazovic, Kuyt and Kalou. Coach Gullit tried out the diamond in midfield with Goor on the left, Ono on the right, Ghaly sitting back and Buffel in the forward position. And it seemed to work, because Feyenoord dominated the game from start to finish.
The opening goal came as early as the sixth minute. Egyptian midfielder Ghaly’s long-range effort was hard and true.
The Egyptian midfielder looked very much at home sitting deep in the diamond. His physical strength and liveliness are great assets that coach Gullit will be hoping to nurture. At the expense of Ghaly’s nonchalance in possession, hopefully, which surely has to be eradicated if the player is to realise his full potential.
Feyenoord doubled their lead after good work from Kuyt and Lazovic. The Dutchman broke clear on the right and set up his Serbian colleague, who scored. That was after 22 minutes.
Yet exciting forward play was accompanied by messy defensive work. Feyenoord were having communication problems at the back and that let in Kunzel not long after Lazovic’s goal to pull one back for Bielefeld. Gullit will no doubt be working on the offside trap before Thursday
Loovens replaced trialist Fernandez at the start of the second half, but the switch didn’t affect Feyenoord’s flow. Kuyt scored a fine goal to make it 3-1, but the Maassiders were unable to capitalise as a slew of substitutions took the rhythm out of the game.
The Germans grabbed a goal back when Feyenoord’s defence was caught napping at a free kick and an unmarked Borges headed home.
But the win was never really in danger, and Kalou wrapped it up on 75, cutting in from the wing and slotting the ball into the net through the keeper’s legs.
Arminia Bielefeld-Feyenoord 2-4 (0-2)
6’ 0-1 Ghaly
22’ 0-2 Lazovic
23’ 1-2 Kunzel
49’ 1-3 Kuyt
67’ 2-3 Borges
75’ 2-4 Kalou
Feyenoord Babos; Gyan, Fernandez (46’ Loovens), Paauwe, Bosschaart; Ono (77’ Magrão), Ghaly, Buffel (71’ Kalou), Goor; Kuyt (65’ Castelen), Lazovic.