Feyenoord started oomph-less in Voorschoten as the visitors made little in the way of chances early on, with only an Alfred Schreuder shot threatening to entertain the crowd, but the drive was tipped onto the bar by the keeper.
Worryingly, Robin van Persie picked up an early knock and had to be replaced by Sebastián Pardo after fourteen minutes. Coach Van Marwijk will have been happy to hear that the player’s injury is not as serious as first feared however. ‘The top of my leg is just a little stiff,’ confirmed Van Persie at the end of the evening. ‘I hope to be back in training on Thursday.’
The visitors appeared to realise that the pace of the game was too lethargic and began to combine their passing a little faster. The result was half-chances for Kuyt and Song, but it would be the 27th minute before the first goal came. The ball looked like it had run over the dead ball line, but Thomas Buffel was able to get in a cross that Dirk Kuyt headed home.
The 500-plus crowd didn’t get what they had expected as the rest of the first period passed almost without incident. Sebastián Pardo was close to scoring, but his effort struck the outside of the post and the opening forty-five ended at walking pace.
The goal drought continued after the turnaround, even though the home coach replaced his team with a weakened eleven at the break. It didn’t seem to have any effect on the balance of the game. Indeed, the hosts had their opportunities, although the threat was limited. Long-distance drives from Schreuder and Kuyt were the only patches of hope in a dour presentation.
So the second Feyenoord goal was totally unexpected when it came with fifteen minutes remaining. Defender Gérard de Nooijer found himself in the opponent’s penalty area to nod home a Lazovic cross. Pardo drove in the third late on to secure a more respectable score line.
Voorschoten ’97–Feyenoord 0-3 (0-1)
27’ Kuyt 1-0, 75’ De Nooijer 0-2, 84’ Pardo 0-3
Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Paauwe (61’ Snoyl), De Nooijer; Kuyt, Schreuder, Van Wonderen, Van Persie (14’ Pardo); Buffel, Lazovic.