KUYT DOUBLE EARNS ONLY A POINT

Feyenoord dropped more away points Sunday, pulling a 2-2 draw out of the fire against AZ in Alkmaar with a late Kuyt goal, his second of the afternoon. The draw sees the Rotterdammers lose more ground to the early pacesetters in the Eredivisie, despite the visitors grabbing an early lead. The game did see Shinji Ono play the second half, although Kees van Wonderen missed out due to personal reasons.

Feyenoord had the lead within ten minutes. Lazovic showed fantastic control in taking down a long ball and turning away from Wijker in a single movement, which forced the home defender to commit the foul. The resulting penalty was converted by Kuyt. The game was being played at breakneck speed and no one in the Feyenoord team was able to put his foot on the ball and slow things down. As a result, AZ managed to get itself back in the match with an equaliser. Kees van Wonderen’s replacement Jorge Acuña was slow in reacting when AZ was awarded a free kick and Van Galen found space as a result, which he used to great effect, lashing the ball into the net. The leveller was against the run of play, although Feyenoord wasn’t able to generate a lot of chances either. Kuyt did escape his marker to drive a shot towards Timmer’s goal, but the effort lacked power. A little later AZ left back De Cler played a lose back pass that Lazovic was able to intercept, but when the ball fell to Kuyt, his attempt was cleared off the line. Feyenoord created an even bigger chance before the break when Pardo floated in a dangerous cross that De Nooijer got his head to, but the ball ended up against the bar. AZ was more efficient with goal chances and took the lead before the half was over. A Nelisse effort was stopped by Zoetebier, but the ball fell at the feet of Elkhattabi, who poked home from close in to hand the home side a 2-1 lead at the turnaround. Elkhattabi had the opportunity to double his tally after the break, but an outstanding reflex save by Zoetebier kept Feyenoord within striking distance. Then Pardo went close at the other end ten minutes later, but he couldn’t find the net with his shot. Van Marwijk switched things around fairly early on in the second half, pulling off Lazovic and introducing Ono. And Feyenoord was soon playing against ten men, when Peter Wijker went in a little too hard on Kuyt, earning his second yellow card and the showers all to himself. In spite of their reduced numbers, the home side’s resistance appeared to be holding however. Until that is Schreuder drove in a shot that was too hot for keeper Timmer to hold. The ex-Feyenoord goalie could only parry the ball to the feet of the incoming Kuyt, who stroked it into the net for the equaliser. Yet as the final seconds ticked away, the visitors almost threw away the point they were headed for. Elkhattabi cut through the Rotterdam defence and served up a nailed-on goal chance to Huysegems, who somehow failed to convert and when Kuyt smashed against the post at the death it was clear that the game was destined to finish all-square. AZ-Feyenoord 2-2 (2-1) 8’ 0-1 Kuyt (pen.) 14’ 1-1 Van Galen 43’ 2-1 El Khattabi 79’ 2-2 Kut AZ: Timmer; Reini; Wijker, Fortes Rodriguez. De Cler; Kromkamp, Van Galen (64’ Huysegems), Buskermolen; Elkhattabi, Nelisse, Perez (75’ Mans) Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Paauwe, De Nooijer (75’ Bombarda); Buffel, Acuña, Schreuder, Pardo (68’ Lurling); Kuyt, Lazovic (55’ Ono). Referee: Braamhaar Red: Wijker (2xyellow)

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