Feyenoord earned a place in the final of the Maspalomas International tournament Tuesday with a 3-1 victory against Sturm Graz. The Rotterdam goals came courtesy of Buffel, Pardo and Van Persie to rub out an early Austrian opener and set up a Thursday meet with Germany's 1FC Nürnberg. Trialist Jorge Acuña played from the beginning, and after a slow start, put in a good second-half performance to impress coach Van Marwijk.

Acuna started in defence as announced, and put in a good physical performance, while partner De Nooijer had a solid game. The Chilean didn’t look to be in the mood to go too far over the halfway line initially, but got more adventurous as the first half wore on. Indeed, the Rotterdammers might have got themselves a goal if Thomas Buffel and Bonaventure Kalou had had more luck in front of the posts. It looked like a matter of time before Feyenoord took the lead, but even when Buffel found himself in the clear with only the keeper to beat he couldn’t finish and a few minutes later the Belgian was again unable to put the ball away after a Bonaventure Kalou cross rebounded to him in the box. Sturm Graz did manage to get a ball in the net at the other end however. Tomasz Razsa tried to clear his lines, but the ball fell to Amoah who fed Dag, who in turn beat Lodewijks to give Graz the lead. The goal was against the run of play, because Feyenoord looked like the team most likely to in the early stages. Kees van Wonderen struck a post and Kalou was not too far away. When the goal did come however, it was realised with a little help from our Austrian friends. Thomas Buffel sent in a header from a Kalou cross towards the goal, but the effort looked harmless enough until a defender got in the way to redirect the ball over the line for the equaliser. The second period was less open at both ends, although Sturm Graz were close to cashing in on a mistake by De Nooijer. Otherwise Van Hooijdonk went close, only to see his effort cleared of the line. The Rotterdammers did breach the Austrian defence on seventy minutes however, when Sebastian Pardo put Feyenoord in the driving seat. From there on in Bert van Marwijk’s side went into cruise control. Lurling and Van Persie replaced Buffel and Pardo late on, and the switch paid dividends as Feyenoord wrapped up the win with a third goal in the last minute when Van Persie used his head to good effect. The win gives Feyenoord an extra day rest in the runup to Thursday’s decider with 1.FC Nürnberg. MASPALOMAS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT Feyenoord 3-1 Sturm Graz (1-1) 31’ 0-1 Dag 41’ 1-1 Buffel 70’ 2-1 Pardo 90’ 3-1 Van Persie Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Acuna, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Rzasa; Kalou, Emerton, Ono, Pardo (78’ Van Persie); Buffel (78’ Lurling), Van Hooijdonk Sturm Graz: Weber; Neukircher, Strafner, Angan, Rojas (55’ Korsos); Wetl (75’ Haas), Saumel, Dag; Edu, Masudi (83’ Salmutter), Amoah (79 Rauter). Referee: Attila Juhos (Hon.)
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