Twenty-eight years after Wim Jansen lifted the trophy as Feyenoord captain after the two-legged defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, Paul Bosvelt collected the UEFA Cup in Feyenoord’s own Kuip Stadium. The 3-2 victory over Dortmund was an exciting, indeed sensational end to a European season that started in Moscow in the Champions League and included wins over Freiburg, Rangers, PSV and Internazionale in the UEFA Cup.
But for Brett Emerton, Feyenoord began the final with their strongest line-up. Banned after an undeserved yellow in the semi, the Aussie saw his place taken by Chris Gyan. Van Marwijk’s only worries leading up to the final – Van Persie and Paauwe – were fit enough to start.
Both teams started cautiously, with Feyenoord happy to ease their way into the game. The Rotterdammers did created the best chance of the opening period though, when Pierre van Hooijdonk rattled his free kick off the post from thirty metres after 18 minutes. The opportunity livened things up and Feyenoord started to play with much more élan as the Borussia midfield found themselves under pressure. The reward came around the half hour mark. Tomasson hounded Jürgen Kohler into making a mistake in the box and the ball fell to the Dane fifteen metres in front of goal. The German international could do little else than bring him down. It was to be an expensive mistake as Kohler was ordered off with a direct red and Van Hooijdonk scored from the spot.
Down to ten men and not making chances themselves, Dortmund were now under intense pressure. Indeed it got better for the Dutch when Van Hooijdonk doubled their lead after forty minutes. Reuter stopped Van Persie illegally in a favourable position in the middle some twenty-odd metres out. Van Hooijdonk, who had already shown how dangerous he could be from distance, cannoned in his effort to send over half of the crowd into ecstasy and send Feyenoord in at the break two goals to the good
Feyenoord saw their lead halved immediately after the break however. Less than a minute in, Amoroso was brought down in the box by Paauwe who was given a yellow card for his troubles, and the same Amoroso stepped up to score from the penalty spot. The goal was the start of a short period of chaos in the home defence, and so it was a great relief when Tomasson restored Feyenoord’s two-goal lead on fifty minutes. The Dane picked up a loose ball after a loss of concentration in the Dortmund defence and stormed into the Germans’ penalty area before coolly placing his drive past keeper Lehman.
Feyenoord were unable to enjoy the moment for too long however. Within ten minutes the Germans were back in it when Koller let fly from distance with a perfectly judged lob that dipped just at the right time to beat Zoetebier to make it 3-2.
Things got pretty hectic thereafter. And when Zoetebier beat out another Koller effort with a reflex save, Van Marwijk felt it was time to mix it up. Van Persie was replaced by Leonardo, but it didn’t seem to give Feyenoord the relief it was looking for. Other than a chance for Van Hooijdonk, the home side were unable to create much as the Germans pressed without themselves crafting any gilt-edged opportunities. The relief did come for Feynoord in the end though, when referee Melo Pereira blew his whistle to confirm Feyenoord’s greatest achievement for years.
Feyenoord-Borussia Dortmund 3-2 (2-0)
31’ 1-0 Van Hooijdonk (pen.)
40’ 2-0 Van Hooijdonk
46’ 2-1 Amoroso (pen.)
50’ 3-1 Tomasson
58’ 3-2 Koller
Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Gyan, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou (75’ Elmander), Bosvelt, Ono (85’ De Haan), Van Persie (63’ Leonardo); Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk
Borussia Dortmund: Lehman; Evanilson, Wörns, Kohler, Dede; Ewerthon (62’ Addo), Ricken (70’ Heinrich), Reuter, Amoroso; Rosicky, Koller.
Referee: V.M. Melo Pereira (Por)
Yellow cards: Rzasa, Paauwe, Amoroso, Dede, Van Persie, Rosicky, De Haan
Red card: Kohler