FUN IN THE KUIP: FEYENOORD 2-2 SPURS

Over forty thousand fans packed a rain-soaked Kuip to witness a promising 2-2 draw between Feyenoord and Tottenham Hotspur in the traditional preseason opener. The best moment of the game came from defender Van Haaren, who scored with a scorcher from twenty-five metres to level at one apiece before the break. Bonaventure Kalou scored the home side’s second after the break, as the game ended all square.

It was a fine performance by the Rotterdammers ahead of the Champions League preliminary against Fenerbahçe. The first ten minutes were great entertainment. Kalou went close very early, and Van Hooijdonk went even closer with a trademark free-kick, but the crosses from Kalou on the right and Leonardo on the left were not finding their targets. Teddy Sheringham it was who opened the scoring on 26 minutes with a fine volley close in when he was left unmarked. It knocked the home side back for a while, but captain Bosvelt brought them back into it with a shot that ricocheted off the bar to safety. What Bosvelt can do I can do better, thought Van Haaren, the defender finding the back of the net from fully twenty-five metres for the equaliser. Feyenoord started the second half with the same sort of gusto and continued to dominate against a side whose fans feel their main quality is that they are not Arsenal. On seventy minutes Buffel came on for Leonardo, with Lurling moving out to the left and Buffel taking up the position behind Van Hooijdonk. It brought an immediate chance for Lurling, whose shot whizzed across the goal. That was the start of the best period of the match for the home side. First Van Hooijdonk threatened, and then Kalou finally made the breakthrough, to ease Feyenoord ahead. It might have been 3-1 minutes later when Van Hooijdonk’s free-kick tested American keeper Keller. It looked as if Feyenoord would go on to win, but a mix up in the home defence by Van Wonderen near the end let in Iversen who bundled past Zoetebier, before netting for 2-2. Feyenoord-Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 (1-1) 23’ 0-1 Sheringham 36’ 1-1 Van Haaren 72’ 2-1 Kalou 86’ 2-2 Iversen Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Van Haaren; Kalou (80’ Gyan), Bosvelt, Ono, Leonardo (68’ Buffel); Lurling, Van Hooijdonk Tottenham Hotspur: Keller; Carr, Perry, Bunjevcevic, Taricco; Davies, Blondel (73’ Sherwood), Anderton, Ziege (80’Etherington) ; Iversen, Sheringham (64’ Doherty).

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