Feyenoord has booked a victory in the absolute final phase of the away match against FC Emmen on Sunday. Substitute Naoufal Bannis headed in the 3-2 in the fourth minute of injury time against the team from Drenthe, who played with ten men for a long time.
Marsman replaces injured Bijlow
Halfway through it was already 2-2 at De Oude Meerdijk after 45 spectacular minutes. Anco Jansen quickly used a penalty on behalf of FC Emmen, but had to leave the field after 36 minutes. The captain made a hard foul on Mark Diemers and got red.
Against ten players, Feyenoord came to the same level via a striking penalty kick from Diemers, but Emmen took the lead again with a beautiful goal by Michael de Leeuw. Just before half time, Jens Toornstra signed for the 2-2 and it seemed to end there, until eighteen-year-old Bannis Feyenoord headed to a 3-2 victory in injury time.
A point of concern for Feyenoord is that captain Steven Berghuis was injured after half an hour, although trainer Dick Advocaat said immediately afterwards that the injury seems to be going well. The team from Rotterdam will play in the Europa League again on Thursday and CSKA Moscow will be the opponent in De Kuip.
After four games without a win, Lawyer had to make the necessary changes against Emmen. Nick Marsman replaced the injured Justin Bijlow on goal, while Luciano Narsingh was allowed to try as a striker. Bryan Linssen started on the grand piano.
The forced goalkeeper change already had consequences after five minutes, because Marsman hit his goal, missed the ball and brought down De Leeuw hard. Referee Björn Kuipers had no choice but to give a penalty kick, which was used by Jansen (1-0).
The goal was the start of an exciting first half. Toornstra had the equalizer on his foot, but his bet was turned by the German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, who was preferred over Denis Telgenkamp.
A setback for Feyenoord was then the failure of Berghuis, which was tackled hard by Nick Bakker. Moments later, things looked a bit better for Advocaat’s team. The experienced Jansen made a hard foul on Diemers and got red.
Miguel Araujo also did his team a disservice. The Peruvian defender held onto the penalty area in the 40th minute and the ball hit the spot. Diemers made no mistake from 11 meters (1-1). Two minutes later, Emmen led again after a beautiful goal from De Leeuw. The ball bounced from about 25 meters in front of the attacker’s feet and he played beautifully (2-1). It did not stop there, as Toornstra shot the 2-2 on the scoreboard in injury time.
With eleven against ten, Feyenoord could have walked over Emmen after the break, but the away team missed chance after chance. Narsingh hit the crossbar and Linssen and Nieuwkoop also failed to express their predominance in a goal.
New loss of points threatened Feyenoord and Advocaat even chose to have defender Eric Botteghin come in as a kind of pinch hitter. However, it was the youngsters who had to save the fifteen-time national champion in the final phase.