FC Den Bosch’s game plan was as predictable as it was unappealing. The visitors’ five man defence left little room for Feyenoord in the final third and it was unsurprising that the home side’s best chances in the opening period came from dead ball situations, although Pierre van Hooijdonk was unable to extend his recent run of goals from free kicks. Time after time, in open play Feyenoord were finding it difficult to penetrate Den Bosch’s human shield.
The Rotterdam outfit had to wait until the 54th minute before finally breaking through the visitors’ defences and it was Ebi Smolarek who got the goal. Accelerating into the box, the young Pole steered the ball around keeper De Jong before slotting home to give Feyenoord the lead. Ten minutes later Shinji Ono doubled his side’s advantage. The Japanese international picked up the ball in the centre circle, racing through to score from the edge of the penalty area and it was all over bar the shouting.
Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Gyan, De Haan, Paauwe, De Visser; Bosvelt, Elmander (76. Leonardo), Ono (70. Sprockel); Kalou (55. Leonardo dos Santos Silva), Van Hooijdonk, Smolarek.
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