SONG IN TUNE IN ENSCHEDE

Feyenoord waltzed over a potential banana skin in Enschede Saturday night with a comfortable five-one thrashing of FC Twente that will give coach Bert van Marwijk a lot of confidence going into the midweek CL cracker with Juventus. Two marvellous assists by Chon-gug Song capped an impressive debut from the newest recruit to the Feyenoord squad. The goals came from Ono (2), Buffel (2) and of course Pierre Van Hooijdonk.

A week after the debuts for Pardo and Bombardo, it was time for Korean star Song to put his thing down in a Feyenoord shirt for the first time after impressing in training. Christian Gyan was forced to sit things out on the bench, as Brett Emerton reverted to the right-back position he occupied for so long last season. Gyan sat alongside bosom buddy Bonaventure Kalou, whose lateness last Tuesday cost him his place against Excelsior. His replacement in the week Thomas Buffel retained his starting place after a man-of-the-match award against Feyenoord’s Rotterdam neighbours. Feyenoord looked in an attacking mood from the first whistle, and an anxious looking FC Twente didn’t seem up to the task. The visitor’s dominated from the first and almost grabbed the lead after five minutes when Van Hooijdonk was allowed a free header, but Boschker tipped over. Soon after Ono went close, but his shot hit a post. The goal finally came on 25 minutes. Van Hooijdonk found Song who hit Shinji Ono with an inch-perfect pass that the Japanese converted with his head. Within seconds the home side had drawn level. Emerton made things difficult for Paauwe and when he tried to scramble the ball clear to Van Wonderen Twente captured the ball and Booth netted from a Cairo cross. Feyenoord refused to let the setback upset them though and eventually regained the lead five minutes before the break. Emerton played Buffel into space and the Belgian lobbed Boschker after skinning two defenders to put the visitors ahead. Things got even better in stoppage time when Ono redirected Bosvelt’s pass into the net for Feyenoord’s third. FC Twente came out for the second half with Partick Paauwe’s brother Cees in goal for the injured Boschker. The Rotterdammers saw that the home side were broken and took their foot off the pedal a little, but still managed to add a fourth goal halfway through the second period. Not long after Buffel had rattled the bar with an effort, Van Hooijdonk nodded home after an arithmetical cross from Song. With a quarter of an hour to go Thomas Buffel grabbed his second and Feyenoord’s fifth to top a fine performance ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Juventus. FC Twente 1-5 (1-3) Feyenoord 24’ Ono (0-1), 26’ Booth (1-1), 40’ Buffel (1-2), 45’ Ono (1-3), 67’ Van Hooijdonk (1-4), 75’ Buffel (1-5) FC Twente: Boschker (46’ Paauwe); El Brazi, Grujic, Quedraogo (21’ Zomer), Heubach; Van der Leegte (70’ Houwing), Van der Doelen, Cziommer; Cairo, Booth, Cavens. Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Van Haaren; Song, Bosvelt, Ono, Pardo (76’ Lurling); Buffel (82’ Kalou), Van Hooijdonk. Referee: Van Hulten
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