Feyenoord so close to eliminating Dynamo Kyiv

Feyenoord failed to reach the play-off round of the Champions League on Tuesday in spite of a strong performance. Ronald Koeman’s side created plenty of good chances, but did not succeed in finding the back of the net. The Ukrainian visitors were able to ride their luck and even managed to grab a goal deep into time added on to go through 3-1 on aggregate. Feyenoord will now play a play-off round of the Europa League.

Feyenoord had plenty of opportunities early in the first half to grab the vital goal needed to progress to the play-off round of the Champions League.

It seemed as though the Rotterdammers were somewhat taken aback by their lacklustre opponents in the opening stages. Coach Koeman had predicted the Ukrainians would get behind the ball en masse and wait for an opportunity to present itself, but Dynamo Kyiv actually gave away a lot of space at the back. The visitors looked a little shaky, perhaps overly impressed by the highly vocal support for the home team from a sell-out crowd at De Kuip.

Just past the quarter-hour mark Ruben Schaken had a chance to double his competitive tally for the season after his goal last week. The striker found himself with just keeper Maksym Koval to beat after a superb cross from Daryl Janmaat, but his header was well saved.

A second big chance came Feyenoord’s way five minutes later. There looked to be little on when Jordy Clasie, who was having another strong game under the watchful gaze of new Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, launched a long ball that cut the visiting defence to ribbons. It left Guyon Fernandez and Sekou Cissé with a free sight of the Kyiv goal, but after a misunderstanding between the two Cissé’s effort was a weak one.

Dynamo Kyiv showed little initiative in the first half. Home keeper Erwin Mulder was tested only once – Ideye Brown, who scored the winner last week rattled off a shot, but Mulder showed his excellent reflexes to palm the ball around the post.

Feyenoord continued to look threatening early in the second half and the first chance fell to Lex Immers not long after the restart. The Kyiv defence again had problems dealing with a high cross from the right and the ball fell to Immers. The midfielder got a huge amount of power in his volley, but the ball hit Koval on the body as the keeper fell and the chance was gone.

It rather summed up Feyenoord’s game. Ronald Koeman watched his side keep Dynamo Kyiv a good distance from Mulder’s goal and break regularly with speed only to lack the killer touch in front of goal.

As the half wore on, the coach responded by going all out in attack. First Ruud Vormer came into the midfield in the place of defender Janmaat with Immers moving further up front, then midfielder Harmeet Singh was thrown on for Miquel Nelom, another defender. The home fans threw their very considerable support behind the hosts, urging Feyenoord forward, but the Kyiv defence looked more organised as the clock ticked down.

Then, with the match deep into injury time, the visitors delivered the sucker-punch, converting their only chance of the second half. By that time, Feyenoord had no more than two defenders on the pitch – Brown finished off a last-gasp break, beating Mulder with his shot.

Feyenoord – Dynamo Kyiv 0-1
90’+5 0-1 Brown

Referee: Gautier (Fra)

Yellow: Martins Indi, Schaken, Cissé (Feyenoord), Vukojevic, Koval, Ninkovic (Dynamo Kyiv)

Teams:
Feyenoord:
Mulder; Janmaat (76’ Vormer), De Vrij, Martins Indi, Nelom (86’ Singh); Leerdam, Immers, Clasie; Schaken, Fernandez (67’ Cabral), Cissé.
Dynamo Kyiv: Koval; Da Silva, Mykhalyk, Betao, Popov; Vukojevic, Ninkovic (90’ Garmash), Veloso; Gusev (81’ Milevsky), Brown, Yarmolenko.

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