The KNVB sent Raymond van Meenen to referee the game and the man in the middle was the only one on the pitch to brave the conditions in shorts. The First XI started in the traditional red and white shirts, while their opponents wore the blue Champions League shirts.
The surface was hard but playable as the game kicked off. It soon became clear that the First XI were more of a unit and they indeed went ahead on eight minutes when Glenn Loovens put through his own net. It didn’t help either that the central midfielder for the Blues, Chilean Acuña, had just stepped off the plane from the Dominican Republic via Chile. It is worth noting that the temperature is thirty-five degrees warmer in those parts. A difference not to be sniffed at. Acuña did show a fine touch however.
The Red & Whites ultimately knocked in two more goals, thanks in part to the efforts of Sebastián Pardo who was able to keep his feet and his composure on the hard surface. Bonaventure Kalou wasn’t to be outdone however, and he finished off a fine individual action to score the second goal. Pierre van Hooijdonk was a danger in the air all game, but eventually scored with his foot, sweeping home a Paul Bosvelt cross.
Van Meenen blew time on the hour to the delight of the onlooking journalists. Fortunately the weather will be a little better the next time Feyenoord take to the field in the Canary Islands, to which they fly next Tuesday.
FIRST IX 3-0 SECOND IX (1-0)
1-0 Loovens (og '8)
2-0 Kalou ('46)
3-0 Van Hooijdonk ('48)
Graafland; Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Rzasa; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Pardo; Buffel, Van Hooijdonk
Van Wegen; Gyan, Breinburg, Loovens, Van Driel; Bo, Leonardo dos Santos, Acuña, Van Persie; Lurling, Bombarda