’SNOW TROUBLE FOR FEYENOORD AS TITLE CHASE RESUMES

Feyenoord got back to footballing business after the winter break with a 4-2 victory over FC Twente Sunday afternoon at an icy Kuip The man of the match in Rotterdam was Bonaventure Kalou, who frustrated the visitors ninety minutes long, as well as grabbing two goals. The other goalscorers were Thomas Buffel and Robin van Persie, who continued his productive run in front of goal with his first ever Eredivise strike.

Feyenoord grabbed an early lead in a packed Kuip after ten minutes and unsurprisingly it was Bonaventure Kalou who finished it off. The new Netherlander is currently in blistering form, despite, or perhaps because of, increasing competition for places in Rotterdam South. Against FC Twente Bona was always available to receive the ball, and noticeably less prepared to take irresponsible risks, playing in the service of the team. The goal came when Kalou controlled a cross from the right that Van Hooijdonk got his head to, chipping the approaching Twente goalie Boschker in a single fluid movement. The goal was deserved, because the home side controlled the early part of the game, with a lot of possession and a number of chances. Most things started on the right, where Emerton and Kalou looked good together, while Pardo was finding things much less easy on the left. Feyenoord really needed a second goal to settle themselves, but it failed to materialise. There were certainly chances. Van Hooijdonk went close from a Kalou cross, then the big man saw another effort cleared off the line by Heubach. But Feyenoord were unable to get that goal, and Twente gained in confidence as the half progressed. So it was no surprise when Van der Paar’s deep ball was met by Cavens, who calmly netted the equaliser. The second half looked like shadowing the first as Feyenoord just had the upper hand, without being able to put the visitors under too much pressure. Kalou was handed two big opportunities, first by Van Hooijdonk and then by Emerton, but couldn’t make the breakthrough. It did rouse the crowd however, and the entry of Van Persie for the disappointing Pardo added to the atmosphere. The reward came on 66 minutes when Kalou controlled a long ball from De Nooijer, lobbing Boschker and heading into the empty net for 2-1. And two minutes later an otherwise quiet Buffel was sent clear and the young Belgian came out on top in a one-on-one with Boschker to make it 3-1. On another day it may have been the precursor to a show, but inattention at a freekick let in Cziommer who headed in unobstructed to make it 3-2. Feyenoord were noticeably shaken by the goal and didn’t really get back on track until substitute Van Persie wrapped things up five minutes from time with his first league goal to hand Feyenoord a 4-2 win. Feyenoord 4-2 FC Twente (1-1) 9’ 1-0 Kalou 39’1-1 Cavens 66’ 2-1 Kalou 68’ 3-1 Buffel 70’ 3-2 Cziommer 85’ 4-2 Van Persie Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Paauwe; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Pardo (56’ Van Persie); Buffel, Van Hooijdonk. FC Twente: Boschker; El Brazi, Pothuizen (76’ Van der Weerden), Cruijc, Heubach; Cziommer, Ouedraogo, Van der Paar, Polak; Cavens (88’ De Visser), Houwing (63’John). Referee: Th. van Egmond Yellow: Cavens, Heubach, Cziommer

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