Like the fireworks that ushered in the match in, the Leon Vlemmings-era in Rotterdam is ending with a flourish as Feyenoord defeated ADO Den Haag 3-2 today.
Best called a "quiet" match before the break, the final forty-five minutes lit-up with five goals with Roy Makaay adding the winner with eight minutes left on the clock. After the opening half, in-which the hosts were generally the better of the two, Den Haag broke the deadlock two minutes past the hour as Timothy Derijck haunted his former teammates by nodding in a corner. The Rotterdammers responded immediately and drew the match level two minutes later starting a clever one-two between Diego Biseswar and Roy Makaay, only to the have the ball sent to Jon Dahl Tomasson for the final touch. The match opened up and scoring chances flowed openly and with fourteen minutes left on the clock Biseswar crossed from the bye-line to the Dane Tomasson to close-out from close range. Not deterred, with their own fight to avoid relegation Den Haag squared the match up via Richard Knopper's free-kick from the edge of the area. However in the will of forces, Feyenoord would not be denied the three points as a minute later Tim de Cler sent a ball into the box that Roy Makaay sent in for a story-book ending in his five-hundredth league match.