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Feyenoord shut out OM to reach UECL finale

Feyenoord played out a 0-0 draw at Olympique Marseille on Thursday night to secure a berth in the final of the Europa Conference League. The goalless outcome against the second-placed French Ligue 1 side was enough for Feyenoord, who had won the first leg 3-2. The reward is a trip to Arena Kombëtare in Tirana for a final against AS Roma on Wednesday 25 May.

It was to be a tense 90 minutes at the Stade Vélodrome, where the majority of the crowd were willing on the hosts. All they needed was a goal to level the tie on aggregate but Feyenoord were resolute. The visitors’ defence were able to deal with just about everything they had thrown at them, with Ofir Marciano in goal mopping up anything that got through to him. The Israeli stopper was in the right position to thwart the hosts on the few occasions that they threatened to break the deadlock.

The celebrations broke out on the pitch and in the packed away section at the final whistle and they continued long into the night in the city. The semi-final success on the Gulf of Lion came exactly 20 years after Feyenoord’s last European final, which ended in them lifting aloft the UEFA Cup after beating Borussia Dortmund. This time round the opponents in the first-ever Europa Conference League final on Wednesday 25 May will be AS Roma, who booked their place in Tirana with a 1-0 win over Leicester City in the Italian capital.