‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord came away from Siófok Sunday afternoon with a win against Hungarian outfit Újpest FC. Erwin Koeman’s side went behind six minutes after the break, but two late strikes by Danko Lazovic won the game for the Rotterdammers after André Bahia had levelled the game. The friendly also gave Koeman the opportunity to give Timothy Derijck his first team debut in the second half against Feyenoord’s Magyar partner club.
The win against Újpest FC, who finished fourth in Hungary last campaign, was earned in the second half. The teams looked well matched before the turnaround and there was a lot of enthusiasm from both sides at the Városi Stadium, but few chances of note. One of them went to the home side, while Salomon Kalou and Alexander Östlund both threatened on behalf of the out-of-towners. Kalou’s shot lacked power however, while Östlund’s attempt just missed the target.
The second half was largely controlled by Feyenoord, yet it was the hosts that took the lead on 51. The goal spurred on Koeman’s formation however, and the game was back in equilibrium within four minutes when Bahia headed Feyenoord level.
That paved the way for Lazovic to steal the show in the last 20. The Serb played with his typical commitment and this time it was rewarded with goals. Within seven minutes of coming on, he’d already struck gold; the assist was Serginho Greene’s. Not long after only the post denied Lazovic a second stunning strike, when he rattled off a spectacular shot form 25 meters out, but with a minute left on the clock, the sub shot in his second goal after all.
Újpest FC 1–3 Feyenoord
51´ 1-0 Rajczi
54´ 1-1 Bahia
71´ 1-2 Lazovic
89´ 1-3 Lazovic
Lodewijks (46’ Aerts); Östlund (46’ Derijck), Greene, Bahia, Snoyl; Schreuder (46’ Pardo), Paauwe (46’ Ghaly), Hofs (68’ De Graaf); Boussaboun, Kuyt (46’ Castelen), Kalou (64’ Lazovic)