It wasn’t the most attractive of games in the end. The tempo was low and the pitch bumpy, but the travelling Feyenoord fans can be satisfied with the way their team handled the conditions. It was certainly a night Glenn Loovens won’t forget. He made his official debut alongside Paul Paauwe in the centre of defence, while Emerton and Aros started wide. Especially strong in the air, Loovens had a fine game, keeping the Helsingborg attack quiet for most of it.
Mauricio Aros too had a sound ninety minutes on the left. The trialist had little to do, but what he did do was good. Aros looks good on the ball, and has an excellent left foot. Whether he has done enough to impress is uncertain. “A week is too short for him to really prove himself and too short for us to judge him properly,” admits trainer Van Marwijk, who would have liked to have had more time to run the rule over the Chilean. A decision on the player’s future is expected sometime next week.
The game itself lacked pizzazz. Feyenoord were most dangerous via Van Hooijdonk, Paauwe and Elmander, but chances were never really clear-cut. The Swede’s were even more backwards going forwards. Edwin Zoetebier in the first half and Henk Timmer in the second had little to do.
Feyenoord saw twice as much of the ball, but the nearest they came to opening the scoring was when a Van Hooijdonk free kick was pushed into the path of Van Wonderen by keeper Larsson, but the Dutch international was unable to find the net from close in.
In the end the game was decided on penalties. Henk Timmer it was who grabbed the glory saving Helsingborg’s fourth spot kick before Christoffer Andersson struck the bar with the next one to hand Feyenoord probably the biggest trophy in their history. Indeed, it took almost the whole squad to lift the prize, a golden replica of the local lighthouse, which weighs in at almost 100 kilos, raising probably the biggest smiles of the evening from the players.
Facts and figures
Feyenoord – Helsingborg IF 0-0 (0-0) Feyenoord win 4-3 on penalties
0-1 Alvaro Santos
1-1 Pierre van Hooijdonk
1-2 Jesper Jansson
2-2 Patrick Paauwe
2-3 Michael Hansson
3-3 Jean-Paul van Gastel
Timmer saves from Mattias Lindström
4-3 Shinji Ono
Christoffer Andersson misses
Zoetebier (45 Timmer); Emerton, Loovens (85 De Haan), Paauwe, Aros; Elmander, Van Wonderen, Ono, Smolarek (78 Van Gastel); Van Hooijdonk, Korneev (65 Dos Santos)
Larsson; Gustavsson, Matovac, Nilsson, Andersson; Hansson, Jansson, Bakkerud, Lindström; Alvaro Santos, Eklund (52 Prica)
Scheidsrechter: Alexis Perez Perez (Spa)
Yellow card: Paauwe (61)
Final placings Maspalomas Tournament:
3. Bayer Leverkusen
4. 1.FC Kaiserslautern
Most valuable keeper: Frederik Larsson (Helsingborg IF)
Most valuable player: Mattias Lindström (Helsingborg IF)
Top scorer: Ulf Kirsten (Bayer Leverkusen)