Feyenoord failed on Thursday to win the crucial Europa League game with Young Boys. The team of Dick Advocaat had a long lead in De Kuip, but did not get further than a 1-1 draw.
Feyenoord started the first European match under Advocaat well, as the home team was 1-0 after eighteen minutes. The new captain Steven Berghuis convincingly shot a penalty behind keeper David von Ballmoos, after Ridgeciano Haps had been knocked down by Jordan Lotomba in the sixteen-meter area.
It marked the first striking penalty for Feyenoord in a European main tournament since 2006, when Theo Lucius scored from eleven meters against Lokomotiv Sofia.
After quite a few chances on both sides, Young Boys reached the same level twenty minutes before time. Feyenoord defender Edgar Ié was injured in the pursuit of Jean-Pierre Nsame, who was able to continue freely. Roger Assale's shot was blocked, but substitute Marvin Spielmann scored from the rebound: 1-1.
Feyenoord still has three points less than the leader Young Boys. The Swiss were two weeks ago in-house with 2-0 too strong for the team from Rotterdam and are therefore in favor of Feyenoord in terms of mutual results.
In the other match in Group G of the Europa League, Rangers FC won at home 2-0 against FC Porto. Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis scored the goals in the middle of the second half in just four minutes. The Scots, who will visit Feyenoord in three weeks, are second with as many points as Young Boys.
Feyenoord fans lit fireworks for the duel with Young Boys. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Stand Group G Europa League
- 1. Young Boys: 4-7
- 2. Rangers FC: 4-7
- 3. Feyenoord: 4-4
- 4. FC Porto: 4-4
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