Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Feyenoord Europa League efforts destroyed

Feyenoord's Europa League efforts came to a crashing halt and they lost 4-0 the second leg of their playoffs against NAC Breda at de Kuip.

The loss was particularly difficult to take given Feyenoord's extraordinary comeback to earn a playoff berth and early on, things looked very positive. The all changed just past the half hour when Tyrone Loran flicked on a free kick from the left to Rob Penders, who sent the ball into the net. At the half Michael Mols came in for Karim El Ahmadi in what is final appearance for the club but the thirty-eight year-old striker showed he was still very capable. However any thought of a comeback came to a crashing end five minutes after the restart as Anthony Lurling's surged across the pitch only to provide veteran Martijn Reuser a close range goal. Forced to play forward now, Feyenoord fought with all it could muster but they could not break through with Kees Kwakman and Joonas Kolkka adding goals in the final five minutes for NAC.

The match concluded in a loss but as always Het Legioen showed its appreciation as the players walked off to applause. For Michael Mols and Henk Timmer it was their final appearance for Feyenoord and the moment, despite it defeat, was noticeably emotional. It was difficult year for Feyenoord but still there is much promise with a core of exciting young players leading the club forward.