Dirk Kuyt will officially end his professional playing career on Sunday 27 May 2018. Twelve months after the 37-year-old ne...
Feyenoord waltzed through a potential minefield fixture in Breda Sunday to register a second successive three-nil Eredivise win. Headers by Van den Berg and Buffel and an own-goal courtesy of Barakat handed the Rotterdammers all three points. There was bad news too for the visitors however, as Chong-Gug Song picked up two yellow cards. The Korean international’s subsequent dismissal means he will now miss Feyenoord’s home match against Ajax next Sunday.
Feyenoord had the ball in the back of the net as early as the fifth minute when Kuyt buried his strike behind keeper Babos, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
The game was being played at whirlwind pace and there were chances on both sides, and specifically lots of offsides. The biggest chances fell to the hosts. Diba was close to opening the scoring, as was Elmander, whose attempt was cleared off the line by Van den Berg.
Kuyt had had a couple of opportunities by the time his biggest chance arrived on 35 minutes. Collen had trouble controlling a Gyan cross and Kuyt captured possession, only to see his strike bounce off the keeper.
There was an even bigger chance for Elmander at the other end soon after. The Swede found himself with an open goal from a Boukhari cross ball, but couldn’t keep his shot down, blazing over. Anthony Lurling would try to make his former team mate feel better by spurning an open goal chance of his own in the second period.
But by then Feyenoord had already taken the lead. The marksman was Peter van den Berg, who capped his recent good form by heading his side into the lead from a corner after 50 minutes.
The lead was reinforced a quarter of an hour later. The goal was another header, as Belgian international Thomas Buffel converted after great work by Kuyt.
The third was not long in coming. This time Bakarat put the ball in his own net from a Smolarek corner.
But with the points wrapped up, Bert van Marwijk was confronted with some unpleasant news when Song picked up his second yellow card of the game for a seemingly light challenge on Diba, which will keep him out of next Sunday’s game at home to Ajax.
NAC-Feyenoord 0-3 (0-0)
50’ 0-1 Van den Berg
65’ 0-2 Buffel
73’ 0-3 Barakat (og)
NAC: Babos; Bakarat, Collen, Kerstens, Gudelj; Seedorf, Slot, Engelaar, Diba (80’ Vos), Elmander (69’ Boussaboun), Boukhari.
Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Gyan (86’ Swerts), Van den Berg, Paauwe, Song; Smolarek (82’ Van Persie), Ghaly, Ono, Lurling; Buffel, Kuyt.
Red: Song (2 x yellow)