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Van Hooijdonk strikes again

Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET
A Pierre van Hooijdonk free-kick was crucial in sending Feyenoord through to the fourth round of the UEFA Cup at the expense of SC Freiburg.

Match statistics

FreiburgFeyenoord

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET

Van Hooijdonk strikes again

A Pierre van Hooijdonk free-kick was crucial in sending Feyenoord through to the fourth round of the UEFA Cup at the expense of SC Freiburg.

SC Freiburg 2-2 Feyenoord (Aggregate: 2-3)
A spectacular free-kick by Pierre van Hooijdonk was crucial in sending Feyenoord through to the fourth round of the UEFA Cup, at a time when the Dutch side found themselves trailing by two goals on the night and 2-1 on aggregate to SC Freiburg.

Gained notoriety
There appeared little threat to the German goal when Feyenoord won a free-kick more than 30 metres from goal out towards the touchline. But the Dutch international forward, who gained notoriety for going on strike while playing for Nottingham Forest FC, now showed how famously he can strike a football by hitting a shot of awesome power past Richard Golz and in off the far post.

A delighted Elmander
No-one was more delighted than Johan Elmander, who had conceded a penalty early in the second half which resulted in Freiburg going 2-0 up and ahead on aggregate. Now, in a trice, they found themselves trailing by virtue of this away goal. Volker Finke, the Freiburg coach, was less impressed with the goal than some. "The equaliser wasn't necessary," he said. "I spoke to Richard Golz and he knows that he could have saved it."

Bold approach
Feyenoord, who were eliminated after the first phase of the UEFA Champions League, must have been tempted to sit back then, but from the start of this game they had adopted a bold approach, despite going into this second leg with a slender one-goal lead, and fortune favoured the brave with five minutes remaining.

Anonymous figure
Van Hooijdonk, who had hitherto been an anonymous figure, suddenly turned provider when he chipped in a cross from the right to the unmarked Jon Dahl Tomasson. The Danish striker appeared to be bundled to the ground but as play continued two Freiburg defenders left it to one another to clear and the substitute Vitor Santiago, who had only been on the field four minutes, nipped in to score with a shot which looped up over the body of Golz into the net.

Offensive policy
Defending such a slender lead, Bert van Marwijk, was, perhaps, obliged to opt for an offensive policy, although his mind may have been made up by the fact that Feyenoord were without several first-choice defenders.

Outstanding individual
Freiburg, who were competing in only their second European competition, had spoken before the game of the need to neutralize Feyenoord's individual quality, yet in the first half the game's outstanding individual wore the red and black of Freiburg - Aleksandr Iashvil. The striker industriously and cleverly worked both flanks and brilliantly set up Freiburg for their first goal when he checked twice, throwing two defenders off balance, before crossing for German international Sebastian Kehl to hook home a volley.

Real punishment
Four minutes after half-time they scored again when they were awarded a penalty after Elmander was adjudged to have pushed Abder Ramdane in the back. The Dutch defender was booked for his trouble but the real punishment came from the penalty spot as Levan Kobiashvili fired his kick straight down the middle as Edwin Zoetebier dived to his left. "It was a disputable penalty," said van Marwijk. "But we showed our class and came back to draw."

Contentiously won
The free-kick which got Feyenoord back into the game was somewhat contentiously won, also, when Ebi Smolarek pushed the ball past Levan Tskitishvili and then collided with Freiburg as he ran past him. But there was no doubting the authenticity of Van Hooijdonk's goal.

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Lineups

freiburg

Freiburg

feyenoord

Feyenoord

1
GolzRichard Golz (C)
1
ZoetebierEdwin Zoetebier
4
ZeyerAndreas Zeyer
3
RząsaTomasz Rząsa
6
KehlSebastian Kehl
Goal21
6
BosveltPaul Bosvelt (C)
7
TskitishviliLevan Tskitishvili
Substitution65
9
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
Goal57
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
10
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
10
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
Goal49
14
OnoShinji Ono
13
MüllerStefan Müller
15
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Yellow Card48
16
HermelLars Hermel
16
SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Substitution80
17
DiarraBoubacar Diarra
17
PaauwePatrick Paauwe
Substitution90
18
ButVladimir But
Substitution75
20
de HaanFerry de Haan
33
TankoIbrahim Tanko
Substitution19
24
Leonardo dos SantosLeonardo dos Santos

Substitutes

24
ReusTimo Reus
30
TimmerHenk Timmer
11
SellimiAdel Sellimi
5
van GastelJean Paul van Gastel
12
CoulibalySoumaila Coulibaly
Substitution75
11
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution80
Goal86
14
RamdaneAbder Ramdane
Substitution19
18
KorneevIgor Korneev
22
DornRégis Dorn
19
de VisserJan de Visser
28
GerberFabian Gerber
27
LoovensGlenn Loovens
29
WilliTobias Willi
Substitution65
28
SprockelCivard Sprockel
Substitution90

Coach

Volker Finke (GER) Bert van Marwijk (NED)

Referee

Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Assistant referees

Piergiuseppe Farneti (ITA), Felice Strocchia (ITA)

Fourth official

Mario Palmieri (ITA)

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