Feyenoord return to Rotterdam with head held high
Feyenoord ended their Marbella training camp with a practice match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The German side won 4-2, but the Feyenoord staff and players left the Spanish Mediterranean in good spirits.
Kenneth Vermeer and Leroy Fer returned to the starting line-up after missing the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim game earlier in the week, which Feyenoord won 3-2. That meant Dick Advocaat’s side reverted to the first eleven that performed so well in the last few weeks before the winter break.
Feyenoord impressed against their Champions League last-32 opponents, especially before the break. But Dortmund took advantage of a lapse of concentration in the first and last minutes of the half to net twice. Raphael Guerreiro lobbed Vermeer to open the scoring virtually straight from the kick-off, with Giovanni Reyna scoring with his left foot at the death.
Feyenoord did score themselves in between. Nicolai Jørgensen tapped one in after some great work from Luis Sinisterra on the left. But they deserved a better return from a swathe of chances their excellent play created throughout the half.
While Feyenoord posed less of a threat in the second half, the Bundesliga side showed some good old German efficiency to add two more goals to their total. Guerreiro grabbed his second when put in with only Vermeer to beat, before substitute Chris Fuhrich added a fourth midway through the half.
Luciano Narsingh, who claimed a double strike on Wednesday, made it three in four days with the last kick of the match. The touring party left for the airport not too long after that. They will reassemble in Rotterdam on Monday to prepare for the resumption of the Eredivisie at the weekend.
Next up: sc Heerenveen
Dick Advocaat’s men welcome sc Heerenveen to De Kuip on Saturday evening as league action recommences after the winter break. Tickets are available here.