01 November 2017
Feyenoord Claim Big Win In Ukraine
Feyenoord bounced back from their defeat at home to Shakhtar on Matchday 3 by beating Shakhtar at their adopted stadium the Lviv Arena 2-1 thanks to a brace from Eljero Elia. Shakhtar remain top of Group H though thanks to the goal scored by Marlos which means Shakhtar possess the better head to head record against Feyenoord. It is a win though that means Feyenoord’s chances of qualifying for the Round of 16 have been given a massive boost and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men will travel to Lisbon on Matchday 5 to meet Benfica knowing that they could secure their place in the knockout stages if results go their way. Meanwhile elsewhere in Group H, Athletic Club Bilbao secured their first win of the campaign thanks to Benat’s goal to give their own chances of qualifying a big boost.
Feyenoord found their rhythm very early on thanks to Eljero Elia’s strike as Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov flapped at Bart Nieuwkoop’s cross with the ball falling to the Dutch winger Elia who took no prisoners by slotting the ball in the empty net with Pyatov still grounded after his error. Feyenoord continued to push forward and in the 16th minute Sebastien Haller slipped Rashaan Fernandes into space with the young winger squaring the ball to Eljero Elia who slotted home for his second goal of the game. Shakhtar knew that their chances of taking anything from the game were slipping and the Ukrainians were also slipping into second position. However just seconds after half time, Marlos scored a brilliant curled effort to reduce the deficit to one goal and breath life into the game for Shakhtar as they reclaimed top spot, but the Feyenoord defence held strong and kept the Prem’er Liha side out and sealed a huge 2-1 win.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Giovanni van Bronckhorst said he was delighted and proud of his sides performance. ”Tonight we were exceptional and we played very very well and got the result that we wanted and needed. Eljero Elia has become a very key component for this team and he has been sensational tonight and grasped this game by the scruff of the neck, scored twice and won us the game and now we are in a great position to go on and secure a place in the next round.”
A Pyatov, D Srna, S Kryvtsov (I Ordets, 74), Y Rakitskyi, Ismaily, Fred, M Malashev (Alan Patrick, 80), Marlos, V Kovalenko, Bernard, Taison (F Ferreyra, 80)
K Vermeer, B Nieuwkoop, S van Beek, M Miazga, L Woudenberg, T Vilhena (K El Ahmadi, 45) J Toornstra, R Fernandes (B Basacikoglu, 56), L Schaub (N Jorgensen 50), E Elia, S Haller
: Yeah, we need to be getting a few more points in the Champions League if we want to progress! This side is strong enough to compete on multiple fronts though so hopefully our form in the league won’t dip either