Feyenoord not at the races against leaders

Feyenoord were soundly beaten in Sunday’s away match at league leaders FC Twente, as Ronald Koeman watched his side go down 3-0 in Enschede. The Rotterdammers found themselves with their backs against the wall after 20 minutes, with the hosts racing into a two-goal lead. As a result, Feyenoord were forced to chase the game, but were unable to seriously trouble the home defence throughout the 90 minutes.

Coach Koeman had pointed up the hosts’ foremost threats two days before the game, naming wingers Nacer Chadli and Dusan Tadic as two players who had the individual skills to decide a match.
 
But despite that warning his side were unable to cope with the attacking power of the duo in the early stages. The upshot was an early goal for the hosts to put Feyenoord on the back foot. Tadic cut in from the right to play a slide-rule pass into Chadli, who rattled in a hard shot from around ten metres out that keeper Kostas Lamprou got nowhere near.
 
Feyenoord were certainly not under the cosh in those early stages, but they were staring into the abyss less than ten minutes after the opener. The visitor’s defence played a decisive role in the second goal. Roberto Rosales floated a long ball through to Luc Castaignos, who wriggled between Stefan de Vrij and Kostas Lamprou to poke the ball into the net.
 
The score flattered FC Twente, but it did leave Feyenoord desperately looking to get at least a toehold in the game. The added pressure did not get Ronald Koeman’s team playing better.
 
The first seventeen minutes of the game had seen Feyenoord create openings with some good passing play at times. The best chance fell to Clasie, who shot straight at home keeper Nikolay Mihaylov. But the second home goal hit the visitors hard and their confidence was clearly affected, with a string of unforced errors in the later stages of the first half. As a consequence, FC Twente were able to threaten Lamprou’s goal on a number of occasions.
 
Feyenoord continued to make too many sloppy mistakes in the second half to serious threaten the home side’s lead. One of the few positive exceptions was Pellè, who kept hold of the ball whenever it was played to him, giving his side a quick breather.
 
FC Twente also seemed to take their foot off the pedal as the game wore on, but that did not prevent them from adding a third goal with twelve minutes left on the clock. It was sheeting down by the time the home side were awarded a direct free kick just outside the area. Tadic smashed a drive round the wall and a combination of speed and a slippery ball beat Lamprou to wrap up a miserable afternoon for Feyenoord.
 
FC Twente – Feyenoord 3-0
Scorers:
9’ 1-0 Chadli
17’ 2-0 Castaignos
78’ 3-0 Tadic
 
Referee: Vink
 
Yellow: Mathijsen (Feyenoord), Castaignos (FC Twente)
 
Teams:
FC Twente: Mihaylov; Rosales, Douglas, Bengtsson, Braafheid; Janssen (85’ Landzaat), Brama, Schilder; Tadic, Castaignos (77’ Bulykin), Chadli (64’ Cabral).
Feyenoord: Lamprou; Janmaat, De Vrij (77’ Nelom), Mathijsen, Martins Indi; Vilhena, Immers, Clasie; Schaken (77’ Achahbar), Pellè, Boëtius (62’ Verhoek).

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