The strike unleashed waves of emotion in the away section and on the pitch. With the tie seemingly destined to go to penalties, Narsingh latched on to Luis Sinisterra’s pass to net and put Feyenoord through.
The two sides had otherwise failed to add to the scoring in the game, which resumed at 1-1 after a week’s interval. The original fixture was cut short by thick mist. The sides kicked off again with 27 minutes left on the clock. Feyenoord came closest to edging ahead, when Toornstra was put through on goal, but the midfielder was unable to beat keeper Alexei Koselev with his left foot.
There was little else in the way of chances for Feyenoord, who were not anywhere near their sharpest going forward. The hosts had started cautiously but began to look more threatening when they got into their stride. In the second half of extra time Dick Advocaat watched on as his side were forced on to the back foot. Justin Bijlow had to pull off a great save to deny the hosts the lead.
With spot kicks looming, Feyenoord pulled it out of the fire. Sinisterra got the ball back in front of goal from a Rick Karsdorp cross and Narsingh had plenty of space to net. The goal sealed the win and quarter-final qualification, just reward for the travelling fans’ loyalty in undertaking their third long trip in a week.
- Luciano Narsingh