Feyenoord started well and it was Tomasson who set the tone. The Dane put his striking partner Van Hooijdonk in the clear early on, but the big man was unable to get his shot on target. But Tomasson was at the heart of the home side’s first goal on eighteen minutes. Tomasson shot against the post and the ball came out to Kalou who played the ball back in to Van Hooijdonk. The Rotterdammer’s top scorer made no mistake this time, slotting the ball through a forest of players to put Feyenoord one up.
If the Feyenoord Legion were expecting something specially they certainly got it. On the half hour Ono collected the ball some twenty-five metres out and sent a perfect lob over keeper Moens into the back of the net. The crowd went wild and the players rushed to congratulate the Japanese. Shinji mentioned having been at the Arsenal-Derby match last week and it must be said that the goal would not have been out of place alongside the pearls that Bergkamp, Henri et al have scored this season.
The goal relaxed Feyenoord and they continued to play some breathtaking stuff. It was no surprise then that the home side extended their lead before the break. It would be a tap in from Tomasson, but the way it was created was something special. Ono again controlled the ball with aplomb and then crossed to the Dane who couldn’t miss.
The AZ goal was now continuously under pressure. Tomasson, Van Persie and Van Hooijdonk all threatened but to no avail.
The home side continued in the same vein in the second half. Robin van Persie, who was sometimes cutting inside, found Van Hooijdonk with a tailor-made pass and the Dutch international knocked in his nineteenth league goal of the season for 4-0.
AZ did score a consolation on 64 minutes when Ketting headed home a Perez corner, but Feyenoord were already home and dry. Indeed the Rotterdammers kept up the pressure on the visitor’s goal First Elmander, Bosvelt and Van Persie tried to force the ball home as it bobbled around the box. And then Van Persie tried his luck, but ended up firing just over. In the end the home supporters will be happy with three points and four goals..
Feyenoord-AZ 4-1 (3-0)
18’ 1-0 Van Hooijdonk
31’ 2-0 Ono
39’ 3-0 Tomasson
56’ 4-0 Van Hooijdonk
64’ 4-1 Ketting
Yellow cards: Huisman, Perez, Lee, Bosvelt