Notwithstanding the result, it was a dour affair Sunday afternoon as Feyenoord quelled RBC’s early resistance to record their first ever win in Roosendaal. First-half goals by Kuyt and Buffel, were sandwiched between a goal of their own for the home side. But an additional brace after the break by Paauwe and Smolarek wrapped up the points and third place in the league for Bert van Marwijk’s men. Danko Lazovic started his first game of the year, but failed to impress.

The home side started the brighter, as Feyenoord showed signs of nerves at the back. Indeed, in the eighth minute Peter van den Berg was caught with his pants down by the upcoming Ikedia and the ball broke to Edwin de Graaf, but the future Feyenoorder couldn’t keep his effort on target.

Feyenoord were unable to create much of their own. Until the eighteenth minute that is, when the visitors engineered – and converted – their first chance of the match. Kuyt was allowed to move unchecked towards the home goal with the ball at his feet and when he did let fly the ball whistled into the net with Aerle well beaten.

That should have spurred Feyenoord on, but the home side levelled things a minute later. Paauwe misjudged an incoming ball and Youssouf nipped in to net.

Despite the goals, the game was still a passionless affair and even a second goal for the visitors failed to change that. Buffel took possession of the ball as the RBC defence dillied and dallied and finished well with a shot that hit the top corner.

The second half continued in the same vein, as the crowd got a chance for forty winks while most of the twenty-two players on the pitch also seemed to take a nap. Even Danko Lazovic, in his first start since last September, was unable to stifle the yawns. The Serb had got the nod over Ebi Smolarek, but failed to show the penetration that was hoped from him. It wasn’t all his fault, of course – the lack of service from midfield was a big factor.

Feyenoord did manage to extend their lead as the second half rolled out, however. Paauwe headed in an Ono corner for the third on seventy-three, before the Rotterdammers grabbed number four in the game’s finest move. On for Lurling, Smolarek broke the eggs in midfield, before getting the ball back on the edge of box and whisking in a shot that beat keeper Aerts.

RBC Roosendaal-Feyenoord 1-4 (1-2)
18’ 0-1 Kuyt
20’ 1-1 Youssouf
36’ 1-2 Buffel
73’ 1-3 Paauwe
79’ 1-4 Smolarek

Man of the Match: Thomas Buffel

RBC: Aerts; Lammens, Viedma (66’ Nino), Hesp, Cas; De Graaf, Oliseh, Tiniho (74’ Luyten); Ikedia, Youssouf, Daelemans (74’ Razic).

Feyenoord; Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Paauwe. Mtiliga; Lazovic, Ghaly (80’ Schreuder), Ono, Lurling (74’ Smolarek); Buffel, Kuyt.

Referee: P. Vink

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