The final score line had looked fairly unlikely as the clock ticked into first-half injury time. Willem II had shown the most threat in the opening forty-five minutes, as Feyenoord failed to create much in the way of peril for the visitors. Dick Advocaat’s side lacked inspiration and played at too slack a pace to cause any real problems in the final third.
That all changed in the last knockings of the first half. Feyenoord’s first attack with any real intent was finished in emphatic fashion by Jens Toornstra. A fine passing move had finally got Feyenoord into dangerous quarters, with the ball coming to Toornstra in the box to net. The goal was against the run of play, but all the more welcome for that.
The hosts came back out at the start of the second half with a lot more focus. Suddenly Feyenoord were looking dangerous. Within four minutes the lead had been doubled. Bryan Linssen had just hit a post, but when Toornstra crossed, Linssen was there at the back stick to head in. Then on 52 minutes finisher turned supplier. Linssen combined well with Toornstra, before whipping in the ball for Luis Sinisterra to tap in.
Feyenoord had all but put the game to bed, but they still had a hunger for more. Dick Advocaat brought on two attack-minded players in Nicolai Jørgensen and Róbert Bozeník as his side began to pepper the goal of Willem II keeper Arijanet Muric. In the end the hosts managed two more goals, courtesy of a Steven Berghuis penalty and a long-distance shot from Orkun Kökcü.
That goal was the perfect way for the Turkey midfielder to cap his return from injury, while home keeper Justin Bijlow would also have been very happy with his clean sheet in his first appearance since early November.
All told, then, it was a highly satisfactory afternoon for Feyenoord, who now travel to Friesland for Wednesday’s TOTO KNVB Cup quarter-final tie with plenty of confidence in the bank.
- Steven Berghuis
- Bryan Linssen