Feyenoord saw their Champions League hopes take a big knock in Kiev Wednesday as the Rotterdammers went down two–nil to a Dynamo side happy to trade ball possession for the hard currency of goals. Without their two most influential players, captain Paul Bosvelt and goalking Pierre van Hooijdonk, Feyenoord were unable to make much of a fist of it and will now be nervous about their chances of progressing to the second round.

Feyenoord started with a somewhat improvised formation, with Loovens replacing Van Wonderen in defence as the latter moved up into midfield to take over from Bosvelt. The youngster Loovens was soon aware that he was in for a tough night as Dynamo began with fire in their bellies. Feyenoord didn’t really make things easy for themselves either however, and seemed incapable of holding onto the ball for long. Even when the Rotterdammers did manage to make inroads into the home half, poor passing brought their attacks to a premature end. Both Emerton on the right and Van Persie on the left looked out of form and out of their depth, even though there was so much to play for. The nonchalance of both meant that the visitors were unable to create much of note, except for a single shot from the boot of Kalou. Kiev were happy to let Feyenoord tie themselves in knots, and play the game that suited their temperment, characterised by lightening counters. Indeed Ono soon found himself clearing a Belkevich effort off the line, then Rincon had a go, but failed to find the target. It wasn’t long however before Kiev converted and it was Khatsekvitch who netted from close in after Van Haaren had headed an El Kaddouri corner into his own danger zone after seventeen minutes. The game continued along the same lines until Van Marwijk hauled Van Persie off seven minutes before the break in favour of Lurling to cap another stinker of an evening for the young Rotterdammer. The new blood had little effect on Feyenoord’s precarious position and the second half was barely underway when Kalou gave the ball away to a player in a white shirt. Shatshikh cut down the left unopposed, before passing to Belkevich, who slotted home to double the Ukrainian lead. Things just continued to go downhill from there for Feyenoord. Kalou collected a yellow card that keeps him out of next Tuesday’s game against Juventus. Then poor old Ramon van Haaren was stretchered off. Tomasz Rzasa was his replacement. Feyenoord saw even more of the ball as the game wore on, but chances were not forthcoming, despite the introduction of Bombarda for a disappointing Emerton and the Rotterdammers went down to a costly defeat that could yet see them dumped out of Europe by early November. Dynamo Kiev-Feyenoord 2-0 (1-0) 17’ 1-0 Khatskevich 47’ 2-0 Belkevich Dynamo Kiev: Reva; Peev, Ghioane, Gavrancic, Dmytrullin (77’Sablic); Husin, Khatskevitch, Belkevich, Rincon (58’ Nesmachnyi), El Kaddouri, Shatskikh. Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Song, Loovens, Paauwe, Van Haaren (57’ Rzasa); Emerton (62’ Bombarda), Loovens, Ono, Van Persie (39’ Lurling); Buffel, Kalou. Referee: Markus Merk (Germany) Yellow cards: Van Wonderen, Kalou, Lurling
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