CRUIJFF SHIELD PREP ENDS IN DEFEAT: 1-2

Feyenoord wrapped up preseason with defeat to BVV Barendrecht Tuesday. The amateur outfit had too much for the Rotterdammers, running out 2-1 winners. The loss was certainly not the best preparation for Saturday’s Johan Cruijff Shield showdown with PSV. All the goals came in the second half, in which Feyenoord fielded a very inexperienced side containing a lot of reserve team players. Gertjan Verbeek also handed a chance to two trialists after the break: 17-year-old South African Kamo and 16-year-old Brazilian Breno.

Feyenoord experienced a tough first half and had to be happy to be going in at the break still on level terms. The home side had two major chances to open the scoring, while Feyenoord were restricted to a few long-distance shots, particularly in the early stages.

Barendrecht, who had a number of former pros in their ranks, saw less of the ball, but were dangerous on the counter. It resulted in two big opportunities after the half-hour mark.

Left-winger Elwin Spoel was involved on both occasions. First he played the ball onto the head of a defender, whose effort scraped the bar. Not long after, he had a shot himself, only to see his effort deflected just over the bar by Serginho Greene’s foot. In-between Diego Biseswar went close at the other end. His shot from ten metres or so was well saved by the home keeper.

Feyenoord’s biggest chance came via Georginio Wijnaldum. The midfielder was fed by Michael Mols and only needed to place the ball into the virtually empty net, but he missed the ball completely.

Mols himself had had the Feyenoord’s first opportunity. The striker latched onto the rebound when Denny Landzaat’s shot was blocked, but he was falling backwards as he shot and the ball blazed over.

The decision had been taken to field a very young side in the second half, so Verbeek and Co knew that the task would be even harder after the break. That was confirmed within five minutes of the restart, as Barendrecht took the lead.

Stefan Toonen had to take the blame for the goal. The young keeper raced off his line to clear a long incoming ball, but could only give it to Mark van Zanten, who stroked it into the empty net to give his side the edge.

It was a disappointment for the young side, who had made a good first impression without setting the place alight. The Rotterdammers were the better side though, so when it came 20 minutes from time the equaliser was thoroughly deserved. A defender got his head to Michel Poldervaart’s corner, but the ball fell kindly to Kaj Ramsteijn, who rammed it home to level things up.

A blistering counter attack by Barendrecht ultimately did for Feyenoord however. Spoel chased down a long ball like a dog fetching a stick. He sprinted to the by-line at full pace before laying the ball back to Remco Koremans, who netted the winner for the amateurs.

BVV Barendrecht - Feyenoord 2-1
49' 1-0 Van Zanten
68' 1-1 Ramsteijn
90' 2-1 Koremans

Feyenoord:
First half:
Toonen; Greene, Vlaar, Bahia; Buijs, Landzaat, Bruins,
Hofs, Wijnaldum; Mols and Biseswar.

Second half: Toonen; Buijs, Ramsteijn, Kamo, Leerdam; Van Leeuwen,
Breno, Hofs, Poldervaart; Pedro and Biseswar.
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