SIX DOES IT FOR RESERVES

Feyenoord reserves strolled into the next round of the Amstel Cup Monday evening in The Hague with a six-goal away demolition of ADO Den Haag. Added to the point picked up against FC Den Bosch and win over NEC, the latest victory secures the Rotterdammers a place at the head of the pool and two home games out of three in the next pool, which is set to be drawn later in the week.

The first goal fell as early as the first minute, when Leonardo gained possession in the ADO Den Haag half after some uninspiring defending by the home side and he set up Danko Lazovic to find the net. The early deficit knocked the stuffing out of ADO Den Haag as the home side's confidence rapidly evaporated. As a result, it was Feyenoord that controlled the game, always looking dangerous on the attack. The second goal duly arrived six minutes in. Salomon Kalou gained possession in midfield, combined well with Leonardo and then struck a fine shot into the net. The Rotterdam attacks continued on the ADO defences, as Feyenoord patiently passed the ball from foot to foot, waiting for the opening to appear. And it appeared around the fifteen-minute mark: when Robertino Rafaela's back pass was too feeble to make it all the way to keeper Dorus de Vries, Ebi Smolarek slipped in to grab goal number three. A fine back heel by Lazovic to Smolarek (after a wing-to-wing pass by Chong Gug Song) deserved a goal itself shortly after, but the Pole was unable to beat the keeper. The goal did eventually come however with ten left in the first half. Song, Jean and Lazovic all went close within three minutes of each other, but Kalou made no mistake, out-jumping three home defenders to head in Hossam Ghaly's cross for the fourth. Feyenoord slowed the pace as the first period reached its climax and ADO Den Haag even ventured into the final third themselves, although all they had to show for it was a shot by Revi Rosalia, which Bas van Wegen saved comfortably. The audacity of the home side sparked Feyenoord into action at the other end. Leonardo got the ball and set off on a sprint towards the ADO Den Haag goal. A one-two with Sebastian Pardo left the Brazilian with an opening that he gratefully exploited. De Vries was chanceless, Feyenoord led 0-5. If the Rotterdammers had continued in the same manner in the second period, then a score befitting the ongoing Rugby World Cup would have been on the cards, but Feyenoord slipped down a couple of gears after the break to grant the home side a bit of a breather. Indeed, ADO might have grabbed themselves a consolation goal, but Joep van den Ouweland and Reinhard Breinburg both thwarted the home side's aspirations. At the other end, Feyenoord had a couple of chances to complete the half-dozen. The first fell to Van den Ouweland, who pulled his drive wide, but goal number six did finally come with the clock ticking down the final minute. Donna Nkunku combined well with Lazovic and Ghaly and struck the post with his first effort, but Nkunku was alert enough to snap up the rebound as Feyenoord finished the game as they had started it.

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