GOAL-SHY FEYENOORD NOT QUITE THERE YET

Feyenoord failed to score in regular time for the second game in 24 hours to bow out of the Alpen Cup out of the medals. The 0-1 defeat to Bundesliga outfit Kaiserslautern had its good points and its bad – Kalou and Ono both came off the bench, but Rzasa and Snoyl both left the field early with injuries, while Lurling was ordered off in the dying seconds.

Feyenoord began with almost the same men as against HSV. The only change was unsurprising: Thomas Buffel replacing Brian Pinas up front. The Belgian started behind Johan Elmander, as Anthony Lurling moved out to the left. If the personnel were the same, they lined up very differently. Kees van Wonderen reverted to central defence, while Brett Emerton moved up into midfield alongside Paul Bosvelt. The new formation was unable to stop the Germans taking the lead a third of the way through the first period however. The first move with even a weak smell of danger saw striker Danko Boskovic (predictably) strike, and his long distance drive rebounded off goalie L'Ami to leave Stefan Malz with a simple tap in. The game didn’t really get any prettier as the half wore on and chances were few and far between for either side. The biggest thing to happen was an injury to Tomasz Rzasa, who was forced to retire early clutching his calf. His replacement was Ferne Snoyl, the young left-footer who made his debut against Lekkerkerk last week. Kalou came on for the last half hour to replace Elmander and Ono made his re-entry 10 minutes later, but Feyenoord were unable to turn things around. Indeed the Rotterdammers finished with only ten men, after Anthony Lurling was shown red for a bad tackle in the last minute to claim the best place in the bath. Feyenoord-FC Kaiserslautern 0-1 (0-1) 16' 0-1 Malz Feyenoord: L'Ami; Gyan (69' Collen), Van Wonderen, De Haan, Rzasa (44' Snoyl/80' Loovens); Dos Santos (69' Ono), Bosvelt, Emerton, Lurling; Buffel (75' Pinas), Elmander (58' Kalou).
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