Feyenoord resisted Marseille and reached the first European final in 20 years

Feyenoord resisted Marseille and reached the first European final in 20 years

Feyenoord has gone to the final of the Conference League at the expense of Olympique de Marseille. The team of trainer Arne Slot made a 0-0 return to France on Thursday and is in the European final for the first time in twenty years.

Feyenoord set the stage for a final in De Kuip last week. Then it was won 3-2 in a show by two goals from Cyriel Dessers and one from Luis Sinisterra.

The final of the first edition of the Conference League (third European level) will take place on May 25 in Tirana. In the Albanian capital, AS Roma dominate Leicester City in the other semi-final.

It is the fourth time in club history that Feyenoord is in a European final. This was previously possible in 1970 (European Cup I), 1974 and 2002 (both UEFA Cups). A good omen for Rotterdammers is that all these finals have been won.

Twenty years ago, the 3-2 against Borussia Dortmund was the last final that a Dutch club won. Ajax reached their last Europa League battle in 2017, but Manchester United was very strong with 2-0.

Leaving Payet hinders Marseille

During his visit to the stadium it was already clear that Feyenoord would have a warm evening. The team bus was hit by a brick and therefore arrived at the Stade Vélodrome much later than expected. However, UEFA decided to start the match at 9 p.m.

The first minutes ended under a thick smoke screen by the fireworks that were thrown from the stands. Feyenoord even survived this cauldron when the team let go. In the first quarter of the game, however, the visitors had to endure nothing more than a shot from Dimitri Payet that flew over the crossing.

Ten minutes later, the game ended abruptly for the star player of Olympique de Marseille. Straws injured himself and moved sideways, his face contorted in pain. He was replaced by former Ajax player Arek Milik, who immediately made a good entry with a dangerous header.

The lack of sequins made itself felt later in the home club, so that Feyenoord slowly came back into the game. He gave the Eredivisie a third chance just before half-time. Guus Til, however, saw his shot blocked and disappeared next to Marseille’s goal.

Feyenoord still has to tighten the hips in the final stage

The visitors seemed to have earned that confidence in the dressing room, as witnessed by a nice header from Sinisterra early in the second half. Only then did Feyenoord take over the defensive positions. Goalkeeper Ofir Marciano was cautious when tested by Valentin Rongier.

After that, Marseille kept pushing, but without creating real luck. Milik was unlucky enough to bounce off his left foot before being thrown. On the other hand, it was Gernot Trauner who almost guaranteed last place in Feyenoord, but aimed too high.

Suddenly it is still stuck in the final stage. Marseille’s attacking play became increasingly sloppy, however, and nothing stood in the way of a tough final for Feyenoord after William Saliba missed a header.

On May 25, it will be the third European meeting between Feyenoord and AS Roma. In the 2014/2015 season, the teams faced each other in the last 16 of the Europa League. In two games, the Italians were very strong (1-1, 1-2).

Source: NU