Feyenoord end training camp with narrow reverse

Feyenoord rounded off their Mallorca training camp with a loss to Club Bruges on Saturday afternoon. Ronald Koeman’s side went down 1-2 to the Belgians at the Marbella Football Center. Feyenoord’s goal came courtesy of Jean-Paul Boëtius, who scored just after the break to tie the game, although Bruges grabbed a winner not long after.

Ronald Koeman’s line-up for the friendly showed how important he felt the game was for his side. Feyenoord started with virtually the same personnel as in the last few games before the winter break, although Anass Achahbar came in for the injured Ruben Schaken.

Koeman has played largely in the same formation for a while now and it showed in the early stages of the game. Feyenoord looked comfortable stroking the ball around, finding each other easily on the flawless surface.

It soon produced the first chance of the match, which was created down the left. Bruges keeper Vladan Kujovic, formerly of Eredivisie club Roda JC, had huge problems dealing with a deflected Tonny Vilhena shot, barely managing to keep it out.

The Dutch side looked comfortable after that solid start, but that soon changed. A fine goal by Carlos Bacca, whose long-distance strike beat Erwin Mulder, left Feyenoord chasing the game, which disrupted their play somewhat.

The cause wasn’t helped later in the half, when Lex Immers was forced off. His replacement was Ruud Vormer.

Despite that setback Feyenoord came out fighting in the second period. The equaliser came four minutes in, as a Bruges defender deflected a long-range shot by Boëtius into the far corner.

The youngster’s goal was enthusiastically celebrated by the hundreds of Feyenoord fans in the stadium, but their cheers were cut short not long after.

Mulder pulled down Ofoe Vadis in the box and the Belgian converted the resulting penalty, leaving Feyenoord in need of a second equaliser.

Koeman didn’t immediately respond with a change but when he did he made four at the same time.

Bruges decided to sit on their lead, allowing Feyenoord to hog the ball, which mean the rest of the game was almost exclusively played in the Belgians’ half.

Feyenoord looked to have made the breakthrough when Guyon Fernandez netted, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Koeman shuffled his pack again, brining on two further subs, including youth player Sven van Beek, but his side were unable to find a leveller.

That didn’t stop the fans from loudly applauding their team at the final whistle, which brought their Marbella training camp to an end.

Club Bruges – Feyenoord 2-1

12’ 1-0 Bacca
48’ 1-1 Boëtius
52’ 2-1 Ofoe Vadis

Referee: Cervantes

Club Bruges: Kujovic; Hogli, De Bock, Duarte, Stenman; Vadis, Donk, Zimling (27’ Vazquez); Trickovski, Bacca, Lior.

Feyenoord: Mulder; Janmaat (79’ Leerdam), De Vrij (79’ Van Beek), Mathijsen (60’ Nelom), Martins Indi; Clasie (60’ Singh), Immers (37’ Vormer), Vilhena; Achahbar, Pellè (60’ Te Vrede), Boëtius (60’ Fernandez).
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