Feyenoord had to do without Kees van Wonderen who with a minor injury had a rest day on the recommendation of the medical staff. His place in defence was taken by Glenn Loovens. He and Ferry de Haan played as central pair at the back as Patrick Paauwe is still on the sidelines.
Pierre van Hooijdonk was also a spectator. The tall Feyenoorder could only watch as Kalou took the striker’s position. The African, recently the focus of Van Marwijk’s ire as a result of his unsatisfactory fitness, has shown that he’s slowly getting back in shape. Although still not as disciplined as Van Marwijk would like when the ball is lost, Kalou showed some of his old magic in Kralingen.
A good example was the 29th minute, first foiling an opponent on the edge of the box before combining with Lurling. Left face-to-face with keeper Malkowski, Kalou slotted the ball home to make it 0-2. Bret Emerton had previously opened the scoring.
In the first minute of the second half, with Sprockel replacing Loovens, Excelsior struck back, with Feyenoord loan Saïd Boutahar hitting the net to make it 1-2. Managing to keep a grip on the match, Feyenoord were rewarded for their slight dominance in the 70th minute with a goal by Thomas Buffel making it 1-3.
Shortly afterwards, Buffel was substituted along with Gyan, giving Van Marwijk the chance to experiment with the formation in the last 20 minutes. Dos Santos took Emerton’s position, with the Australian in right back position. More importantly putting Pinas on the left wing allowed the coach to move Lurling around. In the last 20 minutes, Feyenoord’s newcomer was allowed to prove his worth to the team down the centre of their pitch. Good news for the player who’s made no secret of the fact that he would rather play behind the striker than on the left wing.
Cicilia Lopes managed to narrow the difference to 2-3 with a good header, and ten minutes before time Saïd Boutahar scored his second for the evening to level the score at 3-3. This looked like a fitting result for the first brotherly battle of the season, but Kalou had other ideas, heading home the winner just before full time for the final score 3-4.
FEYENOORD WIN BROTHERLY BATTLE: 3-4 (0-2)
10’ 0-1 Emerton
29’ 0-2 Kalou
69’ 1-3 Buffel
73’ 2-3 Lopes
82’ 3-3 Boutahar
88’ 3-4 Kalou
Line-up: Zoetebier; Gyan (70’ Dos Santos), De Haan, Loovens (46’
Sprockel), Van Haaren; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Lurling; Buffel (70’ Pinas),