VAN PERSIE AND LURLING SECURE ALL THE POINTS

An early goal by Robin Van Persie and a late strike by Edward Lurling earned Feyenoord all three points in the Eredivisie match against RBC at the Kuip Sunday. The win keeps the Rotterdammers near the top of the table, but coach Van Marwijk will be more pleased with the performance of his Belgium Under 21 international Gill Swerts, who had an outstanding game at right back in place of the out-of-form Chong-Gug Song.

Feyenoord made just the start they wanted, as RBC appeared unable to offer much resistance when the home side had the ball. It looked like being an easy day for the Rotterdammers. Indeed, the first goal came as early as the fourteenth minute. Van Persie had already signalled his intent with a drive that keeper Aerts kept out, and when the young striker played a clever one-two with Ono on the edge of the area his shot was deflected into the net off Molenaar’s leg. The home side could only fashion two more serious chances before the break however. The first was just after the half-hour point, when Buffel broke clear on the right and fed the ball to Ono’s feet. Unfortunately, the finish was not of the same quality as the cross and the ball ricocheted off an RBC player. Kuyt drove the rebound wide of the mark. Kuyt was also at the heart of the next chance, when he rifled in a long-range effort that flew over. All in all, it was an iffy first forty-five, with the requisite highs and lows, but the home side’s overall display was characterised by a clear lack of impact. That said, the Rotterdammers might have had a penalty in the final seconds when Kuyt was brought to ground by Molenaar in the box, but referee Luyten saw no reason to point to the spot. Feyenoord started the second period in the same formation, but a badly timed tackle by Ono led to his substitution on 73 mins, when the Japanese injured himself in the process. Lazovic took his place, but not before Ono had sculptured a great opportunity for Dirk Kuyt. Somehow however keeper Aerts kept out Kuyt’s header. Penalty-area action was a little more prevalent in the last twenty. First RBC’s Thompson threatened Zoetebier’s clean sheet with a drive; then Van Persie had a poke from distance that went just wide. The second goal of the game did finally arrive in the last seconds and it was for Feyenoord. On for Van Persie, substitute Lurling decided selfishness was the best policy, and the striker was proven right as he rattled in the home side’s second to secure the three points. Feyenoord-RBC 2-0 (1-0) 14’ 1-0 Van Persie 90’ 2-0 Lurling Feyenoord: Zoeterbier; Swerts, Van den Berg, Paauwe, De Nooijer (82’ Snoyl); Kuyt, Schreuder, Van Wonderen, Van Persie (84’ Lurling); Ono, Buffel. RBC: Aerts; Lammens, Molenaar (46’ Fleur), Hesp, Hellemons; Oliseh, De Graaf, Tininho; Ikedia (80’ Daelemans), Pablo Nino Castellano (65’ Thompson), Youssouf. Referee: H. Luijten Yellow: Oliseh
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