Van Hooijdonk leads Feyenoord to glory


Feyenoord 3 Borussia Dortmund 2

Title winner
Pierre van Hooijdonk, a two goal hero for Uefa Cup Feyenoord, rips his shirt off in celebration (© Reuters)

Striker Pierre van Hooijdonk struck two first-half goals as Feyenoord beat 10-man Borussia Dortmund to win the UEFA Cup for the second time tonight.

The Dutch team had to survive a superb second-half comeback from Dortmund who were reduced to 10 men in the 31st minute when their veteran defender Juergen Kohler was sent off in the last game of his career.

Van Hooijdonk struck his first goal from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute after Kohler was shown the red card for bringing down Jon Dahl Tomasson in the penalty area.

Seven minutes later the former Celtic and Nottingham Forest forward struck a spectacular free kick from around 30 metres into the left-hand corner to put the Dutch team, cup winners in 1974, 2-0 ahead at halftime.

Just two minutes into the second half Marcio Amoroso pulled a goal back for the German champions with a penalty.

Three minutes later Tomasson broke away to fire in a 20-metre shot to put Feyenood 3-1 up.

But the Dutch team were under pressure for the rest of the match after Dortmund's Czech forward Jan Koller hit a brilliant right-footed shot into the top left-hand corner from outside of the area in the 58th minute.