SECOND CONSECUTIVE LOSS RUINS FEYENOORD’S WEEKEND

Feyenoord suffered only their second home defeat of the season as FC Twente completed the double over the Rotterdammers, recording a 2-1 victory in the Kuip. It could be said that the home side had Thursday’s second leg UEFA Cup fourth round tie against Rangers on their minds, but that’s surely no excuse. It’s Feyenoord’s second league defeat in a row and sees a gap open up at the top of the table.

The only good thing to come out of the game was the performance of youngster Robbie van Persie who showed glimpses of wonderful skill, and it will be interesting to see if the youth international is selected for the Rangers game. Feyenoord started brightly against FC Twente and might have taken the lead within two minutes when Van Hooijdonk rifled in a free kick six or seven metres in from the corner flag on the left, only to see his effort saved. The big man also had a good heading chance, but was unable to get enough power behind his effort. Twente began to come out of their shells, after that, although they failed to sculpt anything to threaten Zoetebier’s goal. Until that is the twenty-ninth minute when the Feyenoord keeper misjudged a Cairo cross as the ball hit Tomasz Rzasa. The ball fell at the feet of Cziommer, who kept his head and place the ball between the posts for 0-1. The home side didn’t let the goal get them down and continued to play intelligently. They created a hatful of opportunities and Kalou had the biggest. Rzasa crossed and Van Hooijdonk headed down for Kalou. The African beat his opponent but had little time to position himself and ultimately shot wide. Feyenoord started the second half unchanged, but that didn’t last long, as Twente broke within seconds to double their lead. Bosvelt put Loovens under pressure with a bad pass and that let in Cziommer who gladly put away his second chance to put Twente on cloud nine. Van Marwijk brought on Leonardo Dos Santos and Leonardo for Loovens and Tomasson, as Feyenoord piled on the pressure. A Van Persie corner was played in low by Dos Santos whose ball found Emerton and the Ausiie smashed the ball into the back of the net to half Twente’s lead. Feyenoord continued to create but the draw wasn’t to be, even when Elmander came on for Rzasa. In the end Feyenoord ended up pointless. Feyenoord-FC Twente 1-2 (0-1) 30’ 0-1 Cziommer 46’ 0-2 Cziommer 49’ 1-2 Emerton Feyenoord: Zoetebier: Emerton, Loovens (46’ Dos Santos), Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou, Bosvelt, Van Wonderen, Van Persie; Tomasson, (62’ Leonardo) Van Hooijdonk FC Twente: Boschker; Grujic, El Brazi, Heubach, Van der Doelen; Van der Weerden, Cziommer, Van de Paar, Van der Laan; Cairo, Booth. Referee: B. Haverkort Yellow cards: Rzasa, Booth, Van der Doelen, Dos Santos.
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