ONO INJURY MARS UNICEF VICTORY

After good performances and wins against Bruges and Besiktas, first division Excelsior made things tough for Feyenoord at De Kuip Sunday in the final warm-up ahead of the Eredivisie restart. In the end the home side had only a Patrick Paauwe strike to show for its troubles in a 1-0 win against its Rotterdam neighbours in the now traditional UNICEF benefit match. Worryingly Shinji Ono was stretched from the field.

Feyenoord started in the same formation that started the two friendlies in Turkey. That meant that Song began on the right and Pardo in the slot normally filled by Alfred Schreuder. The home side took some time to get into gear, although Smolarek looked to have handed his team the perfect start, going down under a Mels van Driel challenge in the box. To all round dismay however, Kuyt spurned the opportunity to fire Feyenoord ahead, sending his penalty the wrong side of the post. There were chances for the home side, but nonchalance in Feyenoord’s finishing meant that the young crowd continued to await the opening goal. The dominant Smolarek went close not once, but twice, and Van Persie and Ono both had digs from free kicks that skimmed the aluminium. Ono had the biggest chance of the match around the half-hour mark, but he was too casual and his effort went over. In the second half Van Marwijk pinned his hopes of making a breakthrough on a double substitution, as Pardo and Smolarek left the field for Schreuder and Lazovic on 55 minutes. And the goal came just five minutes later. A Van Persie free kick on the right side appeared to have beaten everyone, but Patrick Paauwe was t the back post to tap the ball in. That good news was partnered with bade news soon after when Shinji Ono was stretched off with an ankle injury after an accidental challenge by Glenn Lovens. His replacement Acuña had a chance in the last minute, but the Chilean slide Swerts’s cross past the post and game ended without any more goals. Feyenoord-Excelsior 1-0 (0-0) 60’ 1-0 Paauwe Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Song (85’ Swerts), Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Van Haaren; Smolarek (55’ Lazovic), Pardo (55’ Schreuder), Ono (70’ Acuña), Van Persie; Buffel, Kuyt. Excelsior: Varkevisser; Buys, Loovens, Sprockel, Van Driel; Opoku (78’ Nkunku), De Haan, Van Dieren, Mtiliga; El Hamdaoui (78’ Martis), Gommans (78’ Nouwen). Referee: Van der Hilst
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