The match started badly for Feyenoord, as KRC Genk were awarded a penalty within two minutes for a foul by Marcos Senesi. The Belgians converted to take an early lead. The match settled down after that, with the teams evenly matched, although the hosts created the better chances. Feyenoord keeper Thijs Jansen needed to come to the rescue on a number of occasions to keep his side in contention.
Fer honours Panenka
The visitors levelled not long before half time, with Leroy Fer claiming it. He stepped up to the penalty spot after a foul on Bart Nieuwkoop. Fer showed a calm head, deftly chipping the ball into the middle of the goal as the keeper dove hopelessly to the side.
Dick Advocaat mixed things up at the start of the second half, with four changes to his starting eleven. Tyrell Malacia, Archaf El Bouchataoui, Jordy Wehrmann and Dylan Vente were introduced for Christian Conteh, in his first appearance, Jens Toornstra, Bryan Linssen and Marcos Senesi. Later in the game, Ian Smeulers and Mikael Tørset Johnsen were also brought on for their first-team debuts.
Haps closest to winner
Despite the new formations, neither side was able to get the breakthrough they wanted in the second half. Ridgeciano Haps went closest. The left back saw his effort whisk past the post in the final stages.
Watch the highlights of the match on Feyenoord’s YouTube channel.
KRC Genk - Feyenoord
3’ Theo 1-0
40’ Fer 1-1
Formation Feyenoord: Jansen; Nieuwkoop, Johnston (76’ Smeulers), Senesi (45’ El Bouchataoui), Haps; Fer, Teixeira (76’ Tørset Johnsen), Toornstra (45’ Wehrmann); Narsingh, Linssen (45’ Vente), Conteh (45’ Malacia).
- Leroy Fer