Feyenoord were particularly dominant in the first half. The opening goal came within six minutes. Ridgeciano Haps was pulled down in the box and with Steven Berghuis out with a knee injury, Rick Karsdorp converted the spot kick with a hard shot
Not long after the traditional shower of hugs on 12 minutes specially for the children at Sophia Children’s Hospital, Feyenoord doubled their lead. Eye to eye with Mike Havekotte, Luciano Narsingh chipped over the visitor’s keeper to give his side a comfortable two-goal cushion.
Two was turned into three on 33 minutes. It came courtesy of a second penalty. This time it was Leroy Fer who left Havekotte with no chance. It seemed that Feyenoord were coasting to the win, but the visitors gave their hosts a scare in the second half.
Head coach Jaap Stam brought on Nicolai Jørgensen and Jens Toornstra but it was ADO Den Haag that scored a couple of goals to narrow the margin. Edgar Ié beat Kenneth Vermeer on 77 minutes from close range, and then Renato Tapia left his keeper floundering five minutes later with an own goal that gave the visitors a sniff of a point.
Fortunately Feyenoord, with Marouan Azarkan on for his competitive debut, were able to hold out for the victory. Next up for Jaap Stam’s men is the season’s first Europa League group stage match at Scottish side Rangers on Thursday. The next Eredivisie fixture sees FC Emmen at De Kuip on Sunday (14:30 CET).