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Two spot kicks finish off Feyenoord in Bern

Feyenoord lost their third Europa League Group G game in Bern on Thursday night. Young Boys were too strong at the Stade de Suisse, running out 2-0 winners. Both goals came from first-half penalties.
The opening goal arrived within the first quarter of an hour. The ball made contact with Edgar Ié’s arm in the box and Roger Assalé stepped up to stroke the resulting spot kick past Kenneth Vermeer. It was a big blow for the visitors after what was actually an uneventful beginning.

The Swiss side doubled their lead just before the half hour mark, again through a penalty. A Young Boys player was put through on Vermeer, who made contact with his opponent in the course of his dive. This time Jean Pierre Nsamé smashed the penalty into the top corner.

Feyenoord fought hard to get back into the match, creating a couple of chances. Notably when Leroy Fer fed Luis Sinisterra, who shot hard and true, but home keeper David von Ballmoos was able to save in the corner.

The chances came less often after the break and the best one for Feyenoord fell to Orkun Kökcü. The midfielder tested Von Ballmoos with a shot from distance into the corner, but the Young Boys keeper did not have to exert himself too much to keep it out.

The defeat leaves Feyenoord on three points after three match days, with Young Boys on six points. The next round of Europa League Group G matches are scheduled for two weeks’ time, with the reverse fixture between the clubs. Next up for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie is a trip to Ajax on Sunday.