De Nooijer was preferred to Loovens alongside Van Wonderen in the heart of the Feyenoord defence, as the game got underway in rain and wind, making conditions difficult in the Fujifilm Stadium.
Feyenoord put the home side under pressure from the off and were rewarded with a goal within five minutes. Buffel went clear on the right, beating Mark Schenning for speed, before sending over a fine cross that Van Hooijdonk missed and keeper Babos only grazed. The ball fell at the feet of Chilean Pardo, who slotted home with his left foot for the opener.
The goal fired Feyenoord up and the visitors created a number of opportunities in the wake of the Pardo’s strike. Pardo (again), Kalou and Gérard de Nooijer all went close, but Feyenoord were unable to secure the second killer goal to give them some breathing room.
The first good chance for NAC came on 21 minutes. Kalou lost out in midfield and Kevin Bobson closed in on Patrick Lodewijks’s goal. The NAC player opted to shoot from range however, and did so without much sense of direction as the ball failed to trouble the Rotterdam goal. It was the start of a period of pressure from the Breda side. A halfhour in Engelaar created room for himself in the danger zone, but Lodewijks was able to keep his goal intact.
The visitors seemed to be comfortable going into the break a goal to the good, but an injury to Sebastián Pardo did force coach Van Marwijk to replace the South American with Anthony Lurling at the start of the second period.
NAC started the second half with more passion and began to threaten Lodewijks’s goal on a more regular basis. It did mean that Feyenoord found themselves with more space on the other side of the pitch though, and Rob Penders was forced to resort to a spot of shirt tugging to keep Thomas Buffel in check, which led to a bright yellow card for the NAC defender. Kees van Wonderen also saw his name go in the book for a foul on Ali Boussabon.
The home side continued to push back the Rotterdammers, and Earnest Stewart rattled one off the bar on 65 minutes. Bert van
Marwijk tried to correct things with twenty left on the clock by swapping Robin van Persie for Bonaventure Kalou, but it didn’t appear to make a great deal of difference and Feyenoord found themselves with their backs against the wall as the game came to the boil.
With ten minutes left Ten Cate sent on battering ram Bart van den
Eede. Van Marwijk’s counter move was Glenn Loovens for Thomas Buffel. So when Csaba Fehér equalised for NAC in the 85th minute with a fine freekick, it was clear that Feyenoord would lack the oomph in attack to secure anything more than a point in Breda.
NAC 1-1 FEYENOORD
0-1 Pardo (5)
1-1 Fehér (85)
Babos; Colin, Penders, Schenning, Gudelj; Fehér, Slot (Boussabon,
45), Schreuder, Bobson; Engelaar en Stewart (Van den Eede, 80)
Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Paauwe; Kalou (Van Persie,71), Bosvelt, Ono, Pardo (Lurling, 45); Buffel (Loovens,
83), Van Hooijdonk
Referee: Ruud Bossen
Yellow cards: Penders (52), Van Wonderen (56), Bosvelt (88)