Feyenoord get off to a flier

Fernandez made the move across Rotterdam in the summer and his

impact was immediate as he fired in the game’s opener after 56

minutes. A Leen van Steensel own goal followed on 71 minutes to

seal a derby win for Ronald Koeman in his first competitive game as

Feyenoord boss. Koeman ended his decorated career at Feyenoord 14

years ago and has been tasked with trying to return the

Rotterdammers to their former glory after a 10th-placed finish last

term. A goalless first half was hardly the start the 48-year-old

would have hoped for although there were hints of their success as

Leroy Fer twice came close. Fer threatened first on 24 minutes when

he ran onto a Ron Vlaar pass before his turn and shot was kept out

by the feet of goalkeeper Wesley de Ruiter. De Ruiter was again

called into action just before the break when Fer jinked past a

host of defenders only to have his shot tipped around the post.

Feyenoord got the goal they had threatened 11 minutes after

half-time when Samuel Scheimann completely misjudged a cross into

the area from Sekou Cisse. The defender ran under the ball to allow

Fernandez the simplest of goals against his former club. Excelsior

were again indebted to De Ruiter soon after when he made a fumbled

save to deny Jerson Cabral following his run and shot from the

right flank. But the game was safely in Feyenoord’s keeping when

Cabral made another burst down the flank and cut back a pass that

Van Steensel inadvertently stabbed into his own net after De Ruiter

deflected it into his path.