Feyenoord moved within four points of second-placed PSV with a hard-earned single-goal victory against RKC Waalwijk at De Kuip Sunday. The game’s solitary strike came from the foot of Dirk Kuyt as early as in the sixth minute. Yet despite holding all the cards against a below par opponent, Feyenoord were unable to press home their advantage. Hossam Ghaly retained his place in the Feyenoord midfield, while Chris Gyan came in at the back.

Feyenoord started as well as they have this season and took a deserved lead after six minutes. It didn’t come from the home side’s first chance either, because Smolarek and Kuyt (twice) both might have opened Feyenoord’s account before the goal came. But not long after Kuyt found himself in a great position and he showed more composure at the third time of asking, slotting the ball into the far corner in a one-on-one with keeper Sinouh. The crowd sensed they were in for a goal feast, but they would be disappointed. The opening goal was a signal for the home side to take its foot off the peddle. RKC appeared unable to make things difficult for the home side, so the game soon reverted to a less than thrilling format. There were a couple of opportunities for Feyenoord to double its lead, however. Kuyt might have taken more time when he put his shot wide after some fine work by Smolarek and Buffel’s lob just lacked the pace to stay ahead of Greene, who cleared off the line. Even Chris Gyan threatened, but all three times the return was disappointing. Bert van Marwijk brought on Danko Lazovic for Thomas Buffel on the hour mark to try to increase the goal tally, which was not well received by some of the crowd. The Serb took up a deep position with Kuyt in his wake, but the change did little to transform the game. Ghaly was having another good game in midfield and he set up Lazovic on 78, but the striker’s shot went past the post. Van Persie joined the fray for Lurling, but he couldn’t get the second goal either. The only remaining chances fell to Lazovic, but he managed no more than a shot against the post and the match ended without further scoring. Feyenoord-RKC 1-0 (1-0) 6’ 1-0 Kuyt Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Gyan, Mtiliga; Smolarek, Ghaly, Ono, Lurling (76’ Van Persie); Buffel (60’ Lazovic), Kuyt RKC: Sinouh; Green, Olfers (29’ Oost), Teixeira, Van Hintum; Boularhrouz, Van Diemen, Fuchs (73’ Vasconcelos), Cornelisse; Boutahar, Cornelisse. Yellow cards: Smolarek, Greene, Boulahrouz
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