Sunday’s match against Liverpool is clearly the weekend’s highlight, but the tussle with FC Porto was also expected to be an interesting spectacle. Reality panned out differently however, as the Portuguese appeared to treat the game as an opportunity to firm up their defensive routine. Save the odd move involving Quaresma Porto showed little initiative in De Kuip. The only chance the visitors created in the first half ended in a tame header from Lisandro.
Feyenoord were well organised too, but also lacked a spark in the first 45, when the hosts were unable to generate a single opportunity. Andwelé Slory and Royston Drenthe swapped wings halfway through the first half, but it was no cause for Porto to raise the threat level above yellow.
That changed somewhat after the break, although it was not the result of fluent combination football. Porto’s first real chance came after Hofland surrendered possession, which started a move ending in an Adriano shot, which was just too high.
Hofland had the opportunity to atone for himself on 54, when he got on the end of a free kick in a similar situation to the one that led to Feyenoord’s goal against Chelsea. This time however the defender’s effort rattled off the underside of the bar, bouncing just the wrong side of the line and out.
The entertainment level slowly started to rise, which had as much to do with the animated Adriano as anyone. The striker had two shots on goal, but the most attractive passage of play came courtesy of Quaresma, who crossed sweetly by wrapping his right leg around his left, almost catching out Timmer, who had to beat the ball clear with his fists. At the other end, his opposite number Nuno was forced into action when Hofs tried his luck.
There was concern in the Feyenoord camp in the last quarter of an hour when Hofland seemed to twist his ankle. Club doctor Van Linschoten was quick to the scene, and after a minute or two the decision was taken to replace Hofland although it was unclear how injured the defender was. Hofland has had a history of ankle trouble and it is something that has been bothering the player over the past few weeks.
Back on the pitch, Feyenoord did have the chance to take all three points late on. First keeper Nuno went close to helping the ball into his own net from a corner, only to see his defender clear off the line. Nicky Hofs and Ron Vlaar also made attempts to break the deadlock, but there was a clear lack of sharpness in front of goal and the game ended as goalless as it had started. Feyenoord – FC Porto 0-0 Bookings:
Timmer; Lucius, Vlaar, Hofland (78’ Bahia), De Cler; Sahin, Hofs (75’ D. Buijs), De Guzman; Slory (65’ Bruins), Makaay, Drenthe (75’ Mols) FC Porto:
Nuno; Fucile, Bruno Alves, Emanuel, Cech; Raul Meireles, Paulo Assunção (67’ Bolatti), Kazmierczak; Lisandro (74’ Mariano), Adriano (74’ Farías), Quaresma (84’ Sektioui)