In a fine all-round display Feyenoord looked great in attack and, but for a momentary lapse of concentration by Gérard de Nooijer, solid in defence.
Kalou looked sharp. The spanking new Dutchman was his old magical self, be it in fits and starts, against Nürnberg and certainly deserved his well-taken goal.
Pardo and Kalou are worthy of a namecheck, but really it was the team that earned the praise and the cup. A team full of self-confidence. Despite falling behind early in the second half, Bert van Marwijk’s men never lost the thread and continued to look for the footballing solution.
With Paul Bosvelt unavailable, Jorge Acuña retained his place in the starting lineup and again put in a good display.
While the first period was nip and tuck with little in the way of chances, the second half started dreadfully for the Dutch side. De Nooijer got his sums wrong, heading back to Lodewijks too weakly and with the goalie stranded in no man’s land Cacau nipped in to lob the ball into the empty net to give the Germans the advantage.
Van Haaren entered the arena at the start of the second half, replacing Rzasa, while Robin van Persie came on for Buffel, but it was Brett Emerton who almost levelled things when he broke into the box, before releasing a beautifully weighted strike with the outside of his right foot that left the keeper grasping air, but just failed to dip that extra few centimetres, hitting the bar and rebounding out.
That was the nearest the Rotterdammers came until Van Persie played a one-two with Van Hooijdonk just inside the box and finished with aplomb to equalise on 72.
Van Persie should have doubled his tally seconds later, but saw the keeper just do enough to deflect his shot past the post and out for a corner. In the end it was Bona Kalou who claimed the trophy, racing through to slot home the winner to give Feyenoord their second successive Maspalomas triumph.
MASPALOMAS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT FINAL
Feyenoord 2-1 FC Nürnberg (0-0)
46' 0-1 Cacau
72' 1-1 Van Persie
86' 2-1 Kalou
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Rzasa (45' Van Haaren); Kalou, Acuña, Ono, Pardo (70' Lurling); Buffel (45' Van Persie), Van Hooijdonk.
FC Nürnberg: Schäfer; Stehle, Kos, Petkovic, Wolf (60' Müller); Todorovic (80' Jesus Junior), Frey, Jarolim; Cacau, Ciric (63' Villa), Krzynowek.
Referee: George Kasnaferis (Gr)