SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER IN ROTTERDAM

Feyenoord shook off the blues Saturday night in the Kuip to sweep to a 5-1 win against Willem II that keeps the Rotterdammers championship hopes alive and gives the team a well-needed boost ahead of Tuesday’s CL crunch match in Turin. Star of the show was Anthony Lurling, who finished up with two goals and the man of the match award. The Korean Song also grabbed his first goal in the red and white shirt.

Feyenoord started confidently in a packed Kuip. It was clear that the home side knew what was expected of them and they meant to fulfil the wishes of crowd and coach alike. The first goal came fairly quickly Kalou danced past a defender in the Willen II box and laid the ball off for Emerton, who just failed to connect. Happily Paul Bosvelt was right behind him and the captain made no mistake to open the scoring. Just when the home fans thought things were going smoothly however Willem II struck back Rzasa looked to have been fouled, but Ceesay was allowed to continue and his cross was poked in at the far post by Van der Gun to stun the crowd. Feyenoord were back in front before the break however. Kalou’s shot hit a defender and found the net to take the pressure off and then Feyenoord pulled away in the second half with a Blitzkrieg that broke the visitors resolve. First Lurling got the goal his performance deserved, his first for the Rotterdammers, then the same Lurling found Chong-gug Song who stroked the ball home from the edge of the box after wrong-footing the defender to send his personal fan club in the top tier into raptures and put Feyenoord 4-1 up. The fifth goal was Lurling’s too. The man of the match ran clear after a poor back pass to convert and round off a fine evening. By that time the home side were playing against ten men after Ceesay saw red for a bad challenge on Ono, but the win was already secure and Feyenoord will be in good heart ahead of the week’s very important game in Italy. Feyenoord 5-1Willem II 14’ 1-0 Bosvelt 39’ 1-1 Van der Gun 45’ 2-1 Kalou 47’ 3-1 Lurling 51’ 4-1 Song 63’ 5-1 Lurling Feyenoord: Zoetebier: Song, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Song, Bosvelt (75’ Gyan), Ono, Lurling, Buffel (67’ Bombarda), Kalou. Willem II: De Vlieger; Jaliens, Van Nieuwstadt (49’ Wau), Janssens, Mathijssen; Landzaat, Van der Gun, Victoria; Ceesay, Shoukov (75’ Mourad), Sektioui (62’ Mariana). Referee: Th. van Egmond Yellow card: Sektioui, Jaliens Red card: Ceesay
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