Feyenoord went down to a 1-0 defeat in their first Europa League Group G match against Rangers on Thursday night. Head coac...
Feyenoord had a good night at De Kuip on Thursday in their Europa League playoff first leg. Hapoel Beer Sheva were beaten 3-0, with goals from Sam Larsson and Leroy Fer (2). The second leg in Israel is set for next Thursday.
Edgar Miguel Ié started for the first time, with head coach Jaap Stam also selecting Orkun Kökcü as attacking midfielder and Sam Larsson, Luciano Narsingh and Steven Berghuis up front.
Those selections worked out well, as Feyenoord put their best foot forward. Hapoel Beer Sheva soon found themselves under the cosh, with keeper Ernestas Setkus in constant action. The opener came on 33 minutes, when Larsson was in the right spot to tap in after Berghuis had hit the post.
The hosts kept up the pressure after the break, with some impressive combinations helping them repeatedly slice through Hapoel Beer Sheva’s defence. The corner count was racking up and Feyenoord took advantage of one of them, with Leroy Fer doubling the lead at the second attempt.
Fer made it a brace ten minutes before time. For once, he didn’t get involved in the air. He finished with a cool shot when the ball came to him after an attempted clearance to make it 3-0.
That leaves Feyenoord in a good position ahead of next week’s second leg. Before that trip to Israel, Feyenoord have a free weekend after the home match against AZ was switched to Thursday 26 September.