It was less a cup of cheer than a poisoned chalice for Feyenoord Sunday as FC Utrecht steamrollered to a 4-1 victory in the Amstel Cup final at a packed Kuip. Despite a promising start, Bert van Marwijk’s side conceded a last first half goal, before caving in completely in the second period and playing out the game without redcarded captain Paul Bosvelt, who was sent off for protesting one of ref Bossen’s crazy decisions.

Feyenoord started without the injured van Wonderen and Ono and with the youngster Loovens in central defence alongside De Nooijer, Song on the left and Emerton in midfield. The opening minutes saw both teams in a cagy mood, especially FC Utrecht, who looked uncomfortable with the switching around of Van Persie and Kalou. But a lack of oomph up front meant that the best of the early chances for the Rotterdammers came from dead-ball situations. First Van Persie’s freekick was grabbed by Wapenaar and later a corner this time from the number twenty-two eventually came out to Paauwe, who shot inches past the post. Unfortunately, FC Utrecht had better luck in a similar situation at the other end six minute ahead of the break. The corner ball was cleared to the edge of the area, where De Jong took a swing and amazingly saw his Saturday morning shot whiz past everyone and hit the back of the net rather than the back of the stand to hand his side the lead. So Feyenoord came out for the second act a goal down and things soon got worse. Loovens got in a muddle, misjudging an incoming ball and Glusevic pounced to slide the ball past a despairing Lodewijks to make it two. The green and whites might have got something back immediately, when Van Hooijdonk stepped up for a free kick. The ball cleared the wall, but not Schut’s head on the line, who saved a certain goal. Not long after Van Hooijdonk found the net, only to see his goal ruled out for a foul on Vreven. Things basically got worse from there on as the Feyenoord defence lost any shape. Stijn Vreven looked offside, but was allowed to bear down on the Rotterdam goal. His cross eventually reached Glusevic who looked offside himself and he scored his second and FC Utrecht’s third from close by to effectively end the contest Van Marwijk made some personnel changes (Lurling for Van Persie and Bombarda for De Nooijer). Kalou even got a goal back with a fine drive from distance, but the venom was kicking in. Worse was to come when substitute Bombarda was hauled to the ground in the penalty area. Referee Bossen turned the other cheek and a furious Bosvelt ran in to remonstrate, which did nothing but attract a red card from the official. With Feyenoord down to ten men, FC Utrecht profited from the acres of space to grab a fourth before the end, as soon to be Feyenoorder Kuyt skinned Loovens before advancing into the area and beating Loodewijks at the near post to secure the trophy and UEFA Cup football for FC Utrecht. AMSTEL CUP FINALE FC Utrecht-Feyenoord 4-1 (1-0) 39’ 1-0 De Jong 48’ 2-0 Glusevic 57’ 3-0 Glusevic 71’ 3-1 Kalou 81’ 4-1 Kuyt FC Utrecht: Wapenaar; Vreven, Zwaanswijk, Schut, Shew-Atjon; Tanghe, De Jong (70’ Zuidam), Bosschaart; Kuyt, Glusevic (73’ Jochemsen), Van den Bergh Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Song, Loovens, De Nooijer (61’ Bombarda), Paauwe; Kalou, Bosvelt, Emerton, Van Persie (58’ Lurling); Buffel (76’ Pardo), Van Hooijdonk. Referee: R. Bossen Yellow cards: Emerton, De Jong, Van Hooijdonk Red card: Bosvelt
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