Two sublime moments on the one hand dispelled two horrific moments on the other for Feyenoord in the Conference League encounter with Slavia Prague. Two great hits by Cyriel Dessers, the last of which was in injury time as usual for the striker, cleaned up two blunders by goalkeeper Ofir Marciano and brought Feyenoord the 2-2 as well as the redemption.
For the first time since 2015, the Rotterdam club is once again wintering in Europe. It is the reward for the willpower, the fitness, the belief in one’s own ability. Feyenoord played for an hour with ten men due to a red card for Guus Til and was behind twice by Marciano’s gunshot who was under the bar due to a corona infection at Justin Bijlow.
Two substitutes made the difference in the end. Lutsharel Geertruida, who was close to scoring himself in the 87th minute, scooped the ball from the ashes into Dessers’ head in the 93rd minute, hitting him precisely so that the leather flopped over Slavia goalkeeper Mandous with an arc.
Hurricane force cheered by the many Feyenoord fans who had traveled along, who were right behind the goal where the goal was scored. They jumped, screamed, threw their beer in the air and hugged each other. It will forever remain a memorable journey for them. If they lose, Feyenoord would have to finish it at home against Maccabi Haifa on December 9.
Back in the final phase
Now that race can be used to refuel in a very busy period. It will be necessary, although it is unimaginable how often Feyenoord manages to make the difference in the final phase, while a lot of gas has already been given before that. With Dessers invariably in the role of golden rooster. The Belgian also scored a decisive goal in injury time against Sparta, Union Berlin and AZ. Meanwhile, the mercenary from Genk scored every 46 minutes. But the only time the supersub was allowed to start in the base, he didn’t.
Dessers was allowed to show up against Slavia in the eighteenth minute for the injured Bryan Linssen. It was already 1-0 by then because Marciano played the ball too softly to Tyrell Malacia and Slavia eventually took advantage via Olayinka. The equalizer was amazing. A deep ball from Marcos Senesi was replaced in two instances by Jens Toornstra. Dessers threatened to lash out, but turned the ball around with his right foot and then shot it in with his left.
Shortly afterwards, Til made a rash tackle that led to his e-mail. Slavia, who had to win to hold onto the lead, were unable to create any real chances, but did score as Marciano fired a shot straight at him in the 66th minute. Kuchta seized the opportunity and thought he was the celebrated man. But he didn’t count on Dessers, new hero in Rotterdam.
Stade Rennes – Vitesse 3-3
Vitesse can at most become second in the group stage of the Conference League, which entitles the player to a so-called intermediate round. Stade Rennes qualified directly for the eighth finals, by playing a draw at home against the Arnhem team (3-3). Tottenham Hotspur, which lost 2-1 to Mura, is now level with Vitesse. Mura has no chance. Gaëtan Laborde scored three times for the number 3 of the French league. At Vitesse, Daan Huisman, Thomas Buitink and Loïs Openda scored the goals. Vitesse recovered from a 2-0 and 3-1 deficit. AP