Sunday, 24 October 2010

"They Will Be Rioting In The Streets of Rotterdam!"

Feyenoord coach Mario Been described Sunday's events in Eindhoven as a "black page in the history of Feyenoord" after they were crushed 10-0 by PSV. Frank Rutten's PSV side put in an explosive performance to extend their lead at the top of the Eredivisie and increase their goal difference to a staggering +27 after just 10 league matches.

After holding out for 22 minutes, PSV's talented wide-man Jonathan Reis cut in from the right and fired in a stunning left-foot shot which nestled into the corner of the net. Feyenoord full-back Kevin Leerdam was shown a red-card on 34 minutes and the home side doubled their advantage just four minutes later when Afellay's shot was turned into his own net by 18-year-old Bruno Martins Indi who came on as a substitute just a few minutes before.

Jonathan Reis headed home his second on 47 minutes which was the catalyst for an awful second-half capitulation from Feyenoord. Talented Swedish striker Ola Toivonen nodded home the fourth just two mintues later from another Afellay cross. Jeremain Lens added the fifth goal on 52 minutes and PSV Skipper Ibrahim Afellay created another goal just before the hour-mark when he supplied a neat pass to Jonathan Reis who netted his hat-trick.

Six was made seven on 62 minutes when Hungarian winger Balázs Dzsudzsák fired in a thunderous left-foot strike from 25 yards which left the Feyenoord keeper helpless. It was made 8-0 on 69 minutes when Engelaar headed home from a corner kick at the near post and Dzsudzsák made it nine from the penalty spot. Jeremain Lens pounced on poor defending at the back-post to score the tenth goal of the afternoon in what was a memorable performance from PSV.

Coach Mario Been was unsurprisingly hurt by the defeat and said: "Here is a coach who is very ashamed. It is scandalous how we defended. We just lost 10-0. This pain is enormous, not only as a club coach but also as a supporter. This is a huge black page in the history of Feyenoord and that gives me tremendous pain."

It's a shocking state of affairs for, historically, one of Holland's major clubs. From a 41-year-old goalkeeper and 6 players being under the age of 20, it is clear that Feyenoord are no longer a title-challenging club and the balance of power has shifted rapidly in recent years with FC Twente and AZ Alkmaar claiming recent successes. Granted, it does not help when Jon Dahl Tomasson and Skipper Ron Vlaar are missing from the side. But it does not excuse a shocking result at PSV which leaves De club aan de Maas on just 8 points.

Tonight's journey back to Rotterdam certainly will not be an enjoyable one and their demanding fans will be asking a few questions of the manager and directors.

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