VAN DRIEL MAKES FIRST TEAM DEBUT

Feyenoord recorded a 3-0 win in Deventer against Go Ahead Eagles Tuesday in their last friendly before getting back to league business. The Rotterdammers will be pleased to get a win under their belts, ahead of Sunday’s return to Eredivisie action at highflying FC Utrecht, who trail Feyenoord by only three points. Goal of the night came from Pierre van Hooijdonk, who opened the scoring after four minutes with a delicious lob.

Tomasson and Ono also got their names on the score sheet in the game, which Mels van Driel will never forget. The left back made his first team debut in the friendly. Feyenoord started well at the Adelaarshorst stadium. Van Hooijdonk’s deft lob from the edge of the box promised much, but the visitors were unable to extend their lead until seven minutes before the break, when Tomasson danced through the Eagles defence to score. Five minutes later Shinji Ono did the same, under the watchful eyes of Japan’s national coach Satoshi Tsunami, to send his team in three up at the half way stage. Feyenoord were less threatening in the second half. Van Hooijdonk and Tomasson went close, but in the end the visitors had to settle for the three goals they already had. Coach Van Marwijk did get the chance to blood left back Mels van Driel in the last fifteen minutes. Van Marwijk was clearly satisfied with his team. “We played well in the first half. Although I do think we would have scored more goals on a better pitch.” The second half was flatter. “Our finishing left a lot to be desired and the final pass was often not good.” All in all, however, Van Marwijk is full of confidence going into the championship run in. “I think the team looks to be in good shape.” Feyenoord: Zoetebier, Gyan, Paauwe, De Haan (Van Driel), Emerton, Bosvelt, Van Wonderen, Elmander (Dos Santos), Tomasson, Ono and Van Hooijdonk (Korneev).
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