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Feyenoord lose ground as Eredivisie resumes

Feyenoord made a shaky return to Eredivisie action on Saturday afternoon. In the first match after the most recent international break, the hosts dropped two valuable points at home to RKC Waalwijk, with the sides finishing all square at 2-2. On the bright side, the game also marked Reiss Nelson’s official debut in the Feyenoord first team.

While Feyenoord lacked the sharpness they showed in September, the home side did seem to have the game under control in the opening 45 minutes. Jens Toornstra got the deserved breakthrough on 34 minutes. But the visitors turned the encounter on its head in the last stretch of the first half. Two goals conceded in the final eight minutes gave the game a completely new complexion. Almost inexplicably, the visitors went in ahead at the break.

The hosts managed to get themselves back on level terms within a few minutes of the restart – Guus Til grabbed another goal after a fantastic overhead kick from Marcos Senesi set him up – but Feyenoord were unable to get their noses in front. Not for the lack of effort, mind: Cyriel Dessers had a huge opportunity to send home fans into raptures. But in spite of a full 10 minutes of time added on, the goal failed to materialise.

Next up for  Feyenoord is the next Group E Europa Conference League match against FC Union Berlin on Thursday. That one kicks off at 18:45 CET. Enjoy it live: get your tickets here.