Feyenoord started with almost the same line-up as a week earlier. The only change saw Chris Gyan make way for Patrick Paauwe, who returned from suspension.
Even with Paauwe back in the team Feyenoord were finding it hard to get the motor running early on. But with a quarter of an hour played the energetic Thomas Buffel found himself in front of goal with the ball at his feet and slid the ball into the net in front of the watching eyes of Belgian coach Anthuenis.
That was just about all there was to cheer in the first half however, although Van den Berg had a shot that he dragged wide and Lurling also missed the target. At the other end, Roda were lacking any kind of imagination and every kind of penetration.
The second half showed more promise from the first minute as Ono seemed to have grabbed Feyenoord’s second goal, with an assist from Smolarek, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Not long after however, the home side were awarded a penalty when Brouwers handled in the box under pressure from Lurling. Kuyt stepped forward to slot the ball home from the spot.
Referee Van Hulten tried to put a dampener on things by dishing out a yellow card to Mtiliga, who now misses the next game against NAC.
But the second goal led to the injection of flair from Feyenoord, with Ghaly and Smolarek the main players. It inevitably resulted in a third goal for the home side on 75. Ono’s pass was converted with aplomb by Smolarek, who celebrated his recent international call-up in suitable style.
The day was rounded off when news reverberated around De Kuip of PSV’s faux pas in Tilburg, which reignited Feyenoord’s Champions League dreams.
Feyenoord-Roda JC 3-0 (1-0)
16’ 1-0 Buffel
57’ 2-0 Kuyt (pen.)
74’ 3-0 Smolarek
Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Paauwe, Mtiliga; Smolarek, Ghaly, Ono (75’ Schreuder), Lurling, Buffel, Kuyt.
Roda JC: Kujovic; Senden, Brouwers, Luijpers, Filipovic; Van Dessel, Van Dijk, Vicelich; Sonko (46’ Sergio), Kone, Redan (59’ Cristiano).
Referee: Van Hulten
Yellows: Mtiliga, Senden