ONO GIVES FEYENOORD THE EDGE

Feyenoord travel to Germany in two weeks with the narrowest of leads, but it just might be enough. Shinji Ono's 81st minute strike was all that separated the teams at the end of a hard-fought game, and the lack of an away goal could signal the end of Freiburg's European challenge this season.

On the night that the new Harry Potter hit Dutch cinemas, it soon became clear that the home side would need a little bit of magic to break down a Freiburg side that were more than ready to defend from the start. It was a lacklustre first-half display from Feyenoord in which they created little. Tomasson was closer than most, heading the ball onto the top of the net. Indeed it was at the other end the biggest threat came. Georgian striker Lashvili was foiled by Zoeterbier, but the ball fell to Stefan Muller, who should have done better than spoon the ball over from six yards. Feyenoord were more attack-minded in the second half, but they just didn't seem to have the power to put the German defence under pressure. As the game wore on the home side did start to turn up the heat, however, and the faithful in the stands also seemed to turn up the volume. Tomasson wasted a great chance when he took too much time to make up his mind with the ball at his feet inside the box, but the steady flow of corners continued. Time and again, however, Feyenoord showed a lack of invention in the final third. And then, just as it seemed Feyenoord would have to settle for 0-0, up popped Ono unmarked on the penalty spot to receive an incisive pass from Smolarek and place the ball beyond the keeper and into the net. The reaction of the crowd said it all. For Feyenoord the tie is there for the taking in two weeks. Feyenoord-SC Freiburg 1-0 (0-0) Ref.: S. Dougal (Sch) Score: 80’ 1-0 Ono Yellowcard: Ramdane, But, Muller, Bosvelt, Ono Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Gyan, De Haan, Sprockel, Rzasa (43’ Smolarek); Bosvelt, De Visser, Tomasson, Kalou (48’ Dos Santos), Elmander, Ono SC Freiburg: Golz; Willi (45’ Coulibaly), Muller, Diarra, Kobiashvili; Hermel, But, Zeyer, Ramdane (80’ Bruns); Tanko (69’Sellimi), Lashvili
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