STALEMATE IN ROTTERDAM

Feyenoord were unable to increase their lead on PSV at the top of the Eredivisie Sunday in the Kuip. A well organised PSV had little trouble containing the home side and the match ended in a 0-0 stand-off. All in all, Feyenoord will be happier with a point, despite having a number of chances late on to take all three. The Rotterdammers reinforced their position at the top of the table.

Feyenoord started without Kees van Wonderen, as Paul Paauwe partnered Ferry de Haan in the middle of defence and Bert Emerton returned to the side on the right. The game started slowly, but despite a lack of chances there was much to be interested about. It was no fun for Ferry de Haan however, as the defender picked up an injury on his groin early on and was forced to leave the field. His replacement was Sprockel. On the other side Bruggink was replaced by Ramzi, who almost scored with his first touch. Feyenoord were finding things tough, and their attacking ambitions were limited to a couple of free kicks. It was no surprise then that the sides went in goalless at the break. PSV started the second period the strongest. Ramzi and Bouma both had chances that they might have put away. Feyenoord were less enterprising with Elmander and Smolarek disappointing. Indeed the young Pole was soon substituted, Kalou taking his place Feyenoord might have had a penalty not long after when Tomasson went down in the box under a strong challenge but there was nothing doing. Then Van Hooijdonk and Lucius locked horns and both saw yellow. It did get the fans going however and Feyenoord started to press as the noise levels rose. Elmander crossed to Kalou, whose effort was blocked and the ball fell to Bosvelt who shot over when he could have scored. Next, Kalou couldn’t find a way through but the ball fell to Tomasson, who shot wide. In the dying seconds Van Hooijdonk headed just wide. So, at the final whistle Feyenoord were still top and despite dropping two points at home, must be satisfied with a day’s hard work. Feyenoord-PSV 0-0 Referee: Luinge Yellow card: Van Hooijdonk, Lucius
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