The match against the Bundesliga club was the first opportunity for Feyenoord to test their mettle during their training camp in Spain. The Germans took the lead before half time through Christopher Baumgartner, who beat keeper Justin Bijlow with a hard, low shot.
Hoffenheim doubled their lead on 76 minutes when Sebastian Rudy’s shot deflected off Feyenoord substitute George Johnston. But another Feyenoord player off the bench, Luciano Narsingh, was to flip the game on its head within a few minutes.
First, Sam Larsson came into possession after some sloppy play by Hoffenheim, passing to Narsingh, who slotted into an empty net to cut the deficit in half.
And a few minutes later Larsson and Narsingh hooked up again to level. Orkun Kökcü made an interception on the edge of his own penalty area, giving it to the Swede, who in turn found Narsingh. Narsingh finished deftly by lifting the ball over the keeper and into the net.
Jens Toornstra completed the comeback in the dying minutes. The midfielder had been taken off only to return to replace Renato Tapia. He punished a German mistake, chipping the ball over the keeper to secure a 3-2 win for his side.
Feyenoord play their second and final winter break friendly in Marbella on Saturday when they take on another Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund. More details about the venue and whether spectators will be welcome will follow in due course. Just like the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim match, Saturday’s fixture will be streamed live on our YouTube channel. Subscribe now to ensure you never miss a livestream!
- Sam Larsson