Feyenoord suffered a painful defeat at local rivals Sparta in the Rotterdam derby Sunday. Bert van Marwijk’s side had plenty of chances to put the game beyond Sparta’s reach in the second half, but poor finishing did for Feyenord in the end. Marvin Emnes stole all three points for the home side in time added on. Theo Lucius and Giovanni van Bronckhorst had twice given the visitors the lead, but Feyenoord were pegged back both times by Nourdin Boukhari.

Feyenoord displayed a great eye for effectiveness by converting the first real chance of the game. Luigi Bruins put Theo Lucius clear in front of Sander Westerveld with a clever through ball. The right back’s diagonal finish hit the post and went in to give the visitors an early lead.

The dream start was not the herald of a comfortable afternoon however. Sparta struck back immediately. The game was a quarter of an hour old when Dwight Tiendalli started the attack. The ball went via Marvin Emnes to Boukhari. The Moroccan used his hand to control the ball, but the officials did not see it and Timmer had no chance with the resulting strike, which put Sparta level.

Feyenoord were no doubt happy to reach the break still on level terms in the end. Sjaak Polak and especially Charles Dissels were having a good game for the hosts. Dissels tested Timmer’s resolve with a hard drive on 23. The keeper pushed the ball over the bar. Sparta tried again from the corner, but Dissels shot wide this time.

Timmer was back in the thick of things on 35, fisting a Polak free kick on to the bar. He was called upon again within a minute, stretching heroically to foil Dissels, whose header seemed bound for the back of the net.

Despite that, Feyenoord went close to scoring themselves. Michael Mols was especially energetic. His pass to De Guzman was a peach, especially considering the preparatory work that went into it. His technique took him past two home players on the half hour. Mols played the ball off to De Guzman, who shot wide. Four minutes before the break Van Bronckhorst shot off target too, after a fine build-up.

Tim de Cler had the opportunity to nick the lead just after the break. He went past Westerveld and looked odds-on to shoot into the open net, but he surprised everyone by losing his footing and the chance was gone.

The home side punished De Cler’s miss just a few minutes after the restart. Boukhari pulled the trigger from distance and Timmer was unable to save this time. Feyenoord found themselves behind.

Mols went close on two occasions in the next couple of minutes. The striker was unable to get a good shot off either time. The same went for Sahin’s attempt, which was a metre too high. Van Bronckhorst showed his team-mates how to do it after the hour mark. Sahin let the ball go to set up his skipper, who rattled off an unstoppable drive in the top corner to draw Feyenoord level at 2-2.

Feyenoord had their best spell after the equaliser. The home side were driven back towards their goal and appeared unable to prevent their guests from generating one attack after another. Mols, Bruins and Landzaat all tried their luck, but the lead remained out of reach.

Bruins thought he had edged his team in front anyway a quarter of an hour from time, when he managed to get the ball over the line somehow from a corner, but referee Jol ruled the goal out. The reason remained unclear. Minutes later Sahin found the top of the net, while Westerveld saved a Sahin attempt ten minutes from time before keeping out a great attempt by André Bahia.

It seemed inevitable that Feyenoord would rustle up a winner, but when the fifth goal of the game did come it was at the other end. The match had entered time added on when Marvin Emnes smashed in a breathtaking shot that handed Sparta all the points.

Sparta – Feyenoord 3-2
12’ Lucius 0-1
15’ Boukhari 1-1
50’ Boukhari 1-2
62’ Van Bronckhorst 2-2
90’ Emnes 3-2

Bookings: Promes, Sahin, Rutjes, Fer
Referee: Jol

Sparta: Westerveld; Tiendalli, Promes, Schenkel, Polak; Rutjes, Jaggy, Boukhari (84’ Slot); Dissels, Roberts (46’ Duplan/90’ Toet), Emnes.
Feyenoord: Timmer; Lucius, Bahia, Hofland, De Cler; Landzaat, Van Bronckhorst, Sahin (85’ Fer); De Guzman, Mols, Bruins.

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