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Feyenoord lose to Vormer strike in final preseason friendly

Feyenoord were edged out by Club Bruges in the club’s last friendly ahead of the start of the new Eredivisie season. The Belgian side won 2-1 behind closed doors at its training ground with Ruud Vormer playing a central role. The former Feyenoord man set up the opener for his team and scored the winner. In between the two home strikes, Mark Diemers scored his first goal in a Feyenoord short.

The best opportunities in the first half were for Feyenoord, who gave as good as they got against the reigning Jupiler Pro League champions. Dick Advocaat’s team were especially dangerous from crosses and corners, but neither side were able to break the deadlock before the break.

Ten Hove injured
Feyenoord did lose Ramón ten Hove after a quarter of an hour. The keeper collapsed in pain after a collision with an opponent and was carried off. Tein Troost took over between the posts. He was picking the ball out of the net on 55 minutes, Odilon Kossounou heading in a Vormer cross.

Feyenoord replied within two minutes. Mark Diemers was in the right place at the right time to drill home after the hosts tried to clear Bart Nieuwkoop’s cross. But Vormer had the final word, netting what would turn out to be his side’s winner on 62 minutes.

Advocaat happy with ‘worthwhile game’ 
Dick Advocaat now turns his focus to the Eredivisie opener at PEC Zwolle on Saturday 12 September. The head coach was pleased that his players were able to get another match into their legs. ‘It was a worthwhile game against a good team that has already played four times in the league,’ said Advocaat after the final whistle. ‘The most important thing is that a lot of lads have played a lot of football again.’

Club Bruges v Feyenoord 2-1
Scorers:
55’ Kossounou 1-0
57’ Diemers 1-1
62’ Vormer 2-1

Feyenoord: Ten Hove (15’ Troost); Nieuwkoop, Botteghin, Geertruida, Haps; Toornstra, Diemers (60’ Narsingh), Burger; Berghuis, Jørgensen, Linssen.