GOOD SIGNS DESPITE LOSS IN THE ALPS

Danko Lazovic made his debut for Feyenoord in the second half of the Alpen Cup game against Hannover’96 Monday, and it was an impressive one. The Serb came on for Johan Elmander at the break and looked threatening on a couple of occasions. Feyenoord ultimately lost the game however, and will now play FC Nürnberg in the third-place playoff Tuesday evening, after that other German team went down 1-0 to Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

Feyenoord started with two young defenders at the back. Glenn Loovens has made a good impression on coach Van Marwijk in the opening days of preseason and he formed a partnership with Gérard de Nooijer, while Mels van Driel started at left-back. Provisional captain Patrick Paauwe pushed up the grid to midfield to partner Paul Bosvelt. Johan Elmander started up front with Dirk Kuyt just off the pace. It was always going to be difficult for the Rotterdammers against a German side who had started preseason much earlier and indeed Feyenoord had but one chance in the first period, Kuyt rattling a shot over. Hannover’96 were not much more dynamic, though the Germans did threaten their opponents goal a little more often. Julian de Guzman finally made the breakthrough on the half-hour with a long-range drive that had the beating of Zoetbier. Lazovic entered the arena after the break, replacing the Swede Elmander. The hardworking Serb found himself with a chance to score five minutes in to his debut, making space with an impressive body action and closing in on the Hannover’96 goal, but keeper Ziegler was up to the test. Not long after, the Serb impressed again, skinning his opponent on the left, before crossing with his right, where Kuyt was just a centimeter or two away from securing maximum return. As the half wore on, Song threatened and Van Persie sent in a torpedo that Ziegler punched clear. The final chance fell to substitute Pardo, but the Chilean was again foiled by the Hanoverian keeper, Dirk Kuyt failing to make anything of the rebound. ALPEN CUP TOURNAMENT Hannover’96-Feyenoord 1-0 30’ 1-0 De Guzman FEYENOORD Zoetebier; Song; Loovens, De Nooijer, Van Driel; Lurling (61’ Buffel), Bosvelt (61’ Acuña), Paauwe, Van Persie (75’ Pardo); Kuyt, Elmander (46’ Lazovic)
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