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Feyenoord off to impressive start

Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 22.50CET
Feyenoord 3-0 Heart of Midlothian FC Two Dirk Kuijt goals help seal a comfortable win.

Match statistics

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Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 22.50CET

Feyenoord off to impressive start

Feyenoord 3-0 Heart of Midlothian FC Two Dirk Kuijt goals help seal a comfortable win.

Feyenoord made their domination against Heart of Midlothian FC tell as two goals from Dirk Kuijt either side of a Bart Goor strike gave them a perfect start to UEFA Cup Group A.

Comfortable victory
From the first minutes, it was clear Feyenoord were determined to take an early step toward regaining the trophy they lifted on home turf in 2001/02, and fully deserved their half-time lead through Kuijt's header. Once Goor had coolly doubled the lead on 58 minutes, the points always looked certain to stay in Rotterdam, and Kuijt struck again to complete a fine performance.

De Vries out
Ruud Gullit's in-form Feyenoord were able to name a strong team, with striker Danko Lazovic recovering from illness to sit on the bench as cover for the prolific partnership of Kuijt and Salomon Kalou. Hearts' Dutch striker Marc de Vries was unable to line up against his compatriots due to a toe injury, and Ramón Pereira's ankle complaint and Phil Stamp's illness meant defender Kevin McKenna was pushed up front with Paul Hartley.

Early superiority
However, McKenna and Hartley saw little of the ball in the opening exchanges, as Feyenoord swiftly began to assert early superiority. Kalou had a sixth-minute effort ruled out for offside, but Hearts were generally keeping the home side out of their penalty area, the Scottish side's defence throwing themselves in the way of long shots and Shinji Ono seeing his effort go over.

Kuijt heads in
Nevertheless it seemed only a matter of time before the dam broke, and on 21 minutes Feyenoord claimed a goal. A sustained attack following a corner saw the ball come wide to home captain Patrick Paauwe, and his deep cross from the right was headed in at the far post by Kuijt.

Close calls
Hearts started to push forward after conceding, but that left space for Feyenoord to exploit with clever through-balls. Two almost led to goals as shots fizzed just past the post, the first from Kuijt and the second after Kalou had been sent clear by the guileful Ono. In between, McKenna had a goal ruled out for offside, but Hearts were having little joy and before the break attacker Graham Weir was introduced.

Lead doubles
The visiting side made a brighter start to the second half, and although they were not creating clear-cut opportunities, Hearts were forcing Feyenoord deep for long spells. Just before the hour mark, though, Feyenoord doubled their lead in the style they so nearly did twice prior to the break. Goor was the man sent through on goal this time, and the Belgium captain calmly chipped the ball over the diving Craig Gordon and into the net.

Victory sealed
With that second goal the result looked settled, and seven minutes from time Kuijt volleyed in a Goor cross from close range to remove any doubt. Hearts will look to get off the mark on 4 November when FC Schalke 04 visit Murrayfield, while Feyenoord travel to Hungarian champions Ferencvárosi TC.

Last updated: 22/10/04 12.39CET

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Lineups

feyenoord

Feyenoord

hearts

Hearts

1
BabosGábor Babos (GK)
1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
3
SaidiKarim Saidi
2
MayburyAlan Maybury
Yellow Card79
5
BosschaartPascal Bosschaart
Yellow Card79
3
KisnorboPatrick Kisnorbo
Substitution82
7
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal22
Goal83
4
PressleySteven Pressley (C)
Yellow Card38
8
OnoShinji Ono
5
McKennaKevin McKenna
11
GoorBart Goor
Goal57
6
WebsterAndy Webster
17
PaauwePatrick Paauwe (C)
10
HartleyPaul Hartley
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution67
11
MacFarlaneNeil MacFarlane
Substitution41
26
Bruno BastoBruno Basto
Substitution64
12
NeilsonRobbie Neilson
28
CastelenRomeo Castelen
Substitution81
14
McAllisterJames McAllister
Substitution71
31
ZuiverloonGianni Zuiverloon
19
HamillJoseph Hamill

Substitutes

30
LodewijksPatrick Lodewijks (GK)
13
MoilanenTeuvo Moilanen (GK)
6
GhalyHossam Ghaly
7
WynessDennis Wyness
Substitution71
9
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution81
17
WeirGraham Weir
Substitution41
10
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution67
18
JanczykNeil Janczyk
15
MtiligaPatrick Mtiliga
Substitution64
Yellow Card89
20
SloanRobert Sloan
18
LoovensGlenn Loovens
21
BerraChristophe Berra
19
GyanChristian Gyan
22
StewartMichael Stewart
Substitution82

Coach

Rudi Dil Gullit (NED) Craig Levein (SCO)

Referee

Tonny Kolbech Poulsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jens Larsen (DEN), Bo Blankholm Pedersen (DEN)

Fourth official

Anders Hermansen (DEN)

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