Feyenoord capped a week of pain with a hard-fought win in Eindhoven Sunday that catapults the Rotterdammers right back into the championship picture. The game started fifteen minutes late, after the Feyenoord coach was gridlocked in traffic orbiting the city. In the end the coach found its way to the Philips Stadium and Feyenoord steamrollered to a 2-1 victory over PSV, courtesy of firsthalf goals by Shinji Ono and Thomas Buffel.

Once the game got going PSV pushed forward early on. Van Bommel hit a post in the home side’s best attack of the first half. After a slow start Feyenoord began to get things moving. The first good opportunity fell to Thomas Buffel, who broke free in the penalty area, but despite having his shirt almost ripped off his back by André Ooijer, all he won was a corner, which ended up at Shinji Ono’s feet, but the Japanese shot over. The sides swapped chances as PSV attacked and Feyenoord countered. The visitors were managing to push PSV further and further back towards their own half, as a consequence of which the home side took to the long ball. Mark van Bommel rifled off a superb volley and Ernest Faber had a header, but both found Patrick Lodewijks in fine form. It was Feyenoord who finally broke the deadlock on 28 minutes. Shinji Ono combined well with Bombarda and Buffel, before taking on the ball on the run and launching a measured strike that wound up in the back of the net. The goal seemed to wind PSV and Guus Hiddink’s side were finding it harder and harder to keep Mariano Bombarda in check. The Argentinian was holding up the ball very well and giving PSV’s central defenders Faber and Ooijer a real headache. And just ahead of halftime the big targetman had a hand in Feyenoord’s second goal, using his body to beat Faber to Emerton’s deep ball on the halfway line. Bombarda then sent Thomas Buffel on a one-on-one mission against Ronald Waterreus, who the Belgian beat with a ruthless chip. Feyenoord were given a jolt early in the second half when Bombarda was forced to retire. His place was taken by Bonaventure Kalou. The Ivorian was on for no more than two minutes when PSV got a goal back. Vennegoor of Hesselink charged past Rzasa, but saw his shot saved by Patrick Lodewijks, who couldn’t prevent Rommedahl from tapping in the rebound via Kees van Wonderen. Urged on by the home crowd, PSV went in search of an equaliser, turning up the heat on a weary looking Patrick Lodewijks, as reserve keeper Carlo l’Ami warmed up. The high stakes led to yellow cars for both Song and Kalou. Feyenoord were increasingly unable to keep hold of the ball and were forced to rely on the speed of Kalou and Buffel up front. Feyenoord tried to slow the game down and take the sting out of the league leaders and as Song started to gain the upper hand over Robben, the PSV onslaught began to wane. Guus Hiddink brought in Theo Lucius on 70 minutes and Remco van der Schaaf six minutes later for Kaspar Bøgelund and Vogel respectively, while Bert van Marwijk exchanged Lurling for Loovens, who was given the task of keeping quiet PSV’s biggest threat Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. The substitution was to prove a godsend not so very long after, when Patrick Paauwe was forced out of the game after a seemingly unintentional elbowing by Jan Vennegoor, and Feyenoord were reduced to ten men. While Paauwe received stitches on the sidelines the home side tried desperately but vainly to press home its numerical advantage. It was the start of a nervous last few minutes as a strong Feyenoord protected its hard-earned lead to ultimately extract all three points from the Eindhoven operation. Philips Stadium, Eindhoven, 17 November 2002 PSV-Feyenoord 1-2 (0-2) 0-1 Ono (28.) 0-2 Buffel (42.) 1-2 Rommedahl (52.) PSV Waterreus; Bøgelund (Lucius, 70.), Ooijer, Faber, Bouma; Rommedahl, Van Bommel (Brugging, 91.), Vogel (Van der Schaaf, 76.), Robben; Vennegoor of Hesselink, Kezman FEYENOORD Lodewijks; Song, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Lurling (Loovens, 80.); Bombarda (Kalou, 49.), Buffel Referee: Temmink Yellow cards: Song (51.), Kalou (60.), Paauwe (63.)
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