Feyenoord-Vitesse 3-2

Over 40,000 fans braved the chilly Rotterdam evening to cheer Feyenoord to victory against Vitesse. In an exciting encounter the home side saw off the visitors from Arnhem in the first of a series of important games in the coming weeks. Feyenoord won 3-2, thanks to goals from Van Hooijdonk and Tomasson (2). Eighteen-year-old Civard Sprockel can look back on a fine debut. The victory sees Feyenoord leapfrog the Arnhem outfit to claim second spot in the league.

Feyenoord were quickest out the blocks and almost took the lead with seven minutes on the clock when Van Hooijdonk found himself in space with the ball at his feet, but he wasn’t able to finish. It was a different story on 25 minutes. The Rotterdammers were awarded a free kick 30 yards out and Van Hooijdonk stroked the ball home with the keeper stranded. Within thirty seconds, Vitesse were level. Sprockel misjudged a long ball over his head and Van Beukering gleefully took his chance to level. Feyenoord refused to allow the equalizer to ruin their concentration, and were rewarded with a second goal on 39 minutes. The home team’s attack seemed to have lost momentum, but Tomasson got a second bite of the cherry took it with relish to send his team in at half time 2-1 ahead. Feyenoord and Vitesse started the match with the meanest defences in the league but neither side lived up to that reputation in the second period. First Feyenoord added to their lead when Tomasson got on the end of a wonderful Van Wonderen cross, but the visitors were again given the opportunity to get back in it. Sikora shot hard inside the box giving ex-Vitesse keeper Zoeterbier no chance. The goal was the start of a fever-pitch finale Bosvelt was close to extending Feyenoord’s lead after good work by Kalou. At the other end, Rzasa headed off the line. Vitesse trainer Ronald Koeman threw on three substitutes, but it was all in vain.. Despite a lot of possession, the fans pulled the home side through and Rotterdam celebrated three hard-earned points ahead of Thursday’s UEFA cup meeting with SC Freiburg.

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