Two goals in five minutes either side of half time denied Feyenoord victory in the EFES Pilsen Cup Thursday against Werder Bremen. The Germans took the lead through Naldo and Jurica Vranjes extended it early in the second half. Feyenoord did get a goal back late on through Angelos Charisteas but it was not enough to win a game that saw trialist Adalberto turn in another steady performance. His compatriot Cadu did not play however.

The match up with Germany’s ‘autumn champions’ was a fine opportunity for Erwin Koeman to run the rule over Adalberto for the second time in three days against quality opposition. The Brazilian has made a good impression in training and was one of the better players in the win against Galatasaray in central defence. The coach decided to try him at right back against Werder.

Although he did commit some minor errors, Adalberto once more drew attention to himself for the right reasons in the first half. The Brazilian looked solid in defence and he was the source of the only Rotterdam opportunity before the break, playing the ball to Tim Vincken, who forced keeper Andreas Reinke to give away a corner.

There was little more of note from Feyenoord in the first half, although the Bundesliga leaders did not create much more. Patrick Owomoyela had a header, but the ball would have gone a metre wide of the goal if Royston Drenthe had not cleared.

Werder did grab the lead just before the break however. Ron Vlaar was beaten to the ball by Naldo as the two defenders rose to a high ball into the box and the Brazilian headed firmly past Timmer.

That was the last contribution from Vlaar. At the break he was replaced by Danny Buijs, who took up a position in front of the defence. But the team had little time to get used to the new system before Werder made it two. Adalberto missed the ball, allowing Miroslav to break forward. The German goal machine was not greedy though, passing to Vranjes who was in a better position and Vranjes repaid Klose’s confidence in him by scoring.

Feyenoord recovered however and almost cut the deficit back down to one again. Jonathan de Guzman went close when he got on the end of a counter, but keeper Reinke was out of his goal fast to negate the danger. Reinke was at hand again not long after to save a diagonal drive by Charisteas, while his counterpart Timmer showed his own worth by saving from Hugo Almeida.

Defeat was unavoidable, but Feyenoord continued to fight for their honour. The reward came with five minutes left on the clock. Hofs bustled his way through the Bremen defence, passing to Charisteas who netted against his old club.

Feyenoord – Werder Bremen 1-2
44’ 0-1 Naldo
48’ 0-2 Vranjes
85’ 1-2 Charisteas

Bookings: Hofs
Referee: Deda (Turkey)

Feyenoord: Timmer; Adalberto, Lucius, Vlaar (46’ Buijs), Bahia; De Guzman, Hofs, Drenthe (75’ Lensky); Vincken (64’ Schet), Charisteas, Kolkka (86’ Van Hooijdonk)

Werder Bremen: Reinke; Owomoyela, Pasanen, Naldo, Wome; Vranjes, Frings (71’ Schulz), Diego (83’ Rockenbach), Borowski; Almeida, Klose (76’ Schindler)
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