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Sparta Rotterdam

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Feyenoord fall to early strike

Feyenoord suffered their second defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon, going down 1-0 at Sparta Rotterdam. Mathias Pogba grabbed the goal that proved to be the winner after just forty seconds, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side could not respond.

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The early goal left Feyenoord chasing the game against their north Rotterdam neighbours. It was scored by Mathias Pogba, who outjumped Jan-Arie van der Heijden and Terence Kongolo to head past Brad Jones.

It was the worst possible start for the visitors, as Sparta were able to revert to a defensive game plan. The fact that Feyenoord were well off the heights they had reached a week earlier against PSV did not help their cause. The tempo was too low to break down a compact-playing Sparta. 

Tonny Vilhena and Steven Berghuis were the only players to try their luck for the visitors before the break, but even then home keeper Roy Kortsmit was untroubled. Upfront Nicolai Jørgensen made little impression, not least because wingers Eljero Elia and Steven Berghuis rarely got past their man. 

And the task did not get any easier when Terence Kongolo was forced off with an injury after half an hour. He was replaced by Miquel Nelom.

Van Bronckhorst’s second substitution was also forced upon him. Elia, clearly not at his fittest, was replaced by Bilal Basaçikogl early in the second half, but the switch did not have the desired effect. Only when Dirk Kuyt was introduced for Berghuis did Feyenoord start to put Sparta under pressure. Basaçikoglu spurned a big chance, shooting over, not long after Jens Toornstra had a shot tipped over by Kortsmit. 

The visitors ramped up the pressure as the encounter entered the final stages, but they did not have luck on their side. Feyenoord had a big shout for an equaliser when a Sparta defender appeared to clear the ball after it had crossed the line. Unfortunately no goal line technology was available to review the incident so Sparta’s lead remained intact.

Jørgensen then saw an effort saved in time added on as the hosts held on for a big result for both sides.

Sparta Rotterdam - Feyenoord
1-0

Officials

Referee:
Danny Makkelie
Assistent referee:
Hessel Steegstra
Assistent referee:
Mario Diks
Fourth official:
Allard Lindhout

Field line up

1
Roy Kortsmit
`73
2
Denzel Dumfries
`71
6
Rick van Drongelen
5
Michel Breuer
3
Sherel Floranus
8
Mart Dijkstra
4
Ryan Sanusi
10
Paco van Moorsel
7
Jerson Cabral
`79
9
Mathias Pogba
`72 `1
11
Craig Goodwin
`68

25
Brad Jones
2
Rick Karsdorp
`63
33
Eric Botteghin
6
Jan-Arie van der Heijden
4
Terence Kongolo
`28
8
Karim El Ahmadi
`88
28
Jens Toornstra
10
Tonny Trindade de Vilhena
19
Steven Berghuis
`68
9
Nicolai Jørgensen
11
Eljero Elia
`53

Bench line up

23
Roland Bergkamp
`79
22
Loris Brogno
18
Zakaria El Azzouzi
12
Janne Saksela
19
Martin Pusić
`72
13
Rick Ketting
17
Stijn Spierings
21
Thomas Verhaar
20
Michael Verrips
15
Kenneth Dougall
16
Iván Calero Ruiz
14
Florian Pinteaux
`68

1
Kenneth Vermeer
29
Michiel Kramer
7
Dirk Kuyt
`68
30
Pär Hansson
18
Miquel Nelom
`28
14
Bilal Basaçikoglu
`53
15
Lucas Woudenberg
26
Bart Nieuwkoop
31
Wessel Dammers
27
Simon Gustafson
20
Renato Tapia
36
Emil Hansson
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