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Feyenoord have to make do with a point in Groningen

Dick Advocaat extended his unbeaten start as Feyenoord’s head coach at Groningen on Sunday. He was denied a third straight win, however, as the hosts held his side to a 1-1 draw.

Immediately after the game, Advocaat admitted that he could live with the draw, not least because Groningen had the upper hand in the second half. Feyenoord had had the best of the first. 

Feyenoord opened the scoring past the half-hour mark through Luis Sinisterra. The hosts countered quickly after a home free-kick move broke down. Sam Larsson played the ball into the Colombian striker, who flicked it over keeper Sergio Padt and into the net.

Samir Memisevic brought the sides level with a second half penalty, after Jens Toornstra made contact with the bottom of Mike te Wierik’s foot as he attempted to clear.

An incident at the other end could have led to a second spot kick of the afternoon when the same Te Wierik brought down Sinisterra as he raced clear. Referee Jeroen Manschot showed Te Wierik a yellow card, a decision ratified by VAR, although Feyenoord felt the foul warranted a red.

Feyenoord continued to make chances. The best fell to Steven Berghuis in the final minute. He got his head to a Luciano Narsingh cross, directing his effort between the posts, but Padt managed to claw the ball away.

Next up for Feyenoord is a home match against Rangers FC in the Europa League on Thursday. That match is close to being a sell-out. Feyenoord’s next opponents in the Eredivisie are PEC Zwolle on Sunday.