Pover Feyenoord won’t pass FC Drita in Conference League debut

Feyenoord could not take an advance Thursday evening in order to qualify for Round 3 of the Conference League. The first Dutch participant in the new club tournament failed to pass FC Drita. This was the number two team from last season in Kosovo. Arne slot’s team, which made its official debut as a trainer in the new club tournament, failed to impress despite their field dominance. De Kuip will be returning for the next week.

Feyenoord was in Pristina (the capital of Kosovo) with nearly the same lineup as the previous exhibition game against Werder Bremen (2-1 victory). The only change was the starting spot for Naoufal Bannis, which was at the expense of Róbert Bozeník. The newcomer to the starting XI was close to scoring the opening goal in the seventh minute, when he hit goalkeeper Faton Maloku from close range with a shot into the short corner after a sharp pass from Orkun Kökçü. Maloku scored a long goal from Jens Toornstra ten minutes before the end of the first half.

Feyenoord didn’t get any more opportunities in the first period. Although they were dominant in ball possession, the visitors struggled to convert that into playing opportunities. Feyenoord wanted to attack the left flank but Drita’s defense was too inept. Justin Bijlow was not taken seriously by the threat made by Kosovo’s opponent. Feyenoord’s game after the break was not any more convincing.

After about an hour, Tyrell Maciaa, left foot took a shot with his right leg just outside the box. Maloku, goalkeeper, took his bet. Guus Til was the next to have the biggest chance in the match. Marcus Pedersen entered the box from right flank but shot wide. Marcus Til was the summer acquisition. Feyenoord lost the game when Francesco Antonucci’s ball fell against the right goalpost in the fifth minute.


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