Sunday, May 3, 2009

Feyenoord Europa League effort continues with draw against Utrecht

Feyenoord's Europa League efforts continued with a come from behind 2-2 draw against Utrecht. The result continues s remarkable surge under Leon Vlemmings and puts them in position to secure a spot in the Europa League with a win over Roda JC at de Kuip on Sunday.

Home side Utrecht were gifted an early chance with a peculiar penalty call on Kelvin Leerdam. Although Tom Caluwé was unable to convert from the spot only a few minutes later he opened the scoring as his drive from the left edge of the area took a slight deflection and into the back of the net. The Rotterdammers was able to equalize four minutes before the half-hour Giovanni van Bronckhorst accepted the ball on the left outskirts of the box and sent a low pass for Jon Dahl Tomasson to re-direct in. Chances were scarce for the balance of the half but after the restart Leon Vlemmings came out with a vengeance but attempts by Leroy Fer and Tim de Cler struck the bar. Five minutes past the hour Utrecht took the lead as Leroy George's corner was half-volleyed in by Sander Keller from a few metres out. Needing production, Leon Vlemmings reached for forever young Michael Mols and as expected was warmly received by the host supporters remembering his days with the club. A minute later the match was even as Diego Biseswar's diagonal cross into the box was headed-in by Georgino Wijnaldum.