TEAM GRADUALLY TAKING SHAPE

Feyenoord continued its preseason preparations with a six-gun salute against amateur outfit Zwart-Wit ’28 Tuesday. Thomas Buffel grabbed the headlines with a first-half hat-trick, while Van Persie, Lazovic and Elmander also got on the score sheet. In midfield Gill Swerts marked his re-entry at Feyenoord with a solid performance, while Ferne Snoyl also returned to the fold. The game proved a good run-out ahead of Saturday’s traditional season opener at the Kuip against Celta de Vigo.

‘We are possible less lethal without Pierre,’ speculated Thomas Buffel before Feyenoord’s latest warm-up, ‘But if we give each other the chance things will come good. There are now four players who should score. The form comes on its own.’ The Belgian’s words would not come to haunt him at Sportpark De Vaan as the international ran in three goals within the first forty-five, each one assisted by a different team-mate. The hat-trick added to a free-kick opener by Robin van Persie after 12 minutes. The visitors racked up eleven chances before the turnaround and could have perhaps rested with more goals in the bank if Feyenoord’s passing game had been a little better. Bert van Marwijk would have had a keen eye on the midfield, which included another Belgian, Gill Swerts, whose return to the club was a surprise to some. The newcomer worked hard and was mostly able to channel his enthusiasm. Those who know Swerts see in him a natural successor to Paul Bosvelt. The youngster certainly has the state of mind and the statue to grow into the role. Swerts was partnered with Kike Acuña and the combo looked steady against their amateur opponents. At the back Peter van den Berg and Patrick Paauwe marshalled their defence well to keep Zwart-Wit’s ex-profs Erik Tammer and Romeo Wouden on the leash, so Feyenoord continued to camp out in the home side’s half after the break. The fifth goal wasn’t long in coming. Dirk Kuyt set up Danko Lazovic, who hit the target for his first goal on Dutch soil and surely not the last. Young hope Ferne Snoyl cemented his return to the Feyenoord first-team squad after an hour in place of Gérard de Nooijer at left-back. Mariano Bombarda, Sebastián Pardo, Glenn Loovens and Johan Elmander all got some pitch time in the second half as the pace cooled. There were a few bright spot though, including Elmander’s wonderful drive that found the top corner with ten left on the clock to make it six. ZWART-WIT’28 – FEYENOORD 0-6 (0-4) 0-1 Van Persie (12’) 0-2 Buffel (14’) 0-3 Buffel (24’) 0-4 Buffel (40’) 0-5 Lazovic (51’) 0-6 Elmander (80’) ZWART-WIT’28 Van der Stelt; Leeuwin, Pepaj, Eli, Krolts; Ilic, Voortmeyer, M. Visser, Wouden; Seton, Tammer. Subs used: Hooghart, R. Visser, Grant, Pronk, Franken, Almeida FEYENOORD Zoetebier; Song (Loovens, 45’), Van den Berg, Paauwe, De Nooijer (Snoyl, 62’); Kuyt (Elmander, 70’), Swerts, Acuña, Van Persie; Buffel (Pardo, 54’), Lazovic (Bombarda, 62’)

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