Feyenoord Out of Champions League After Defeat to Atlético Madrid

Feyenoord crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night as they lost 3-1 to Atlético Madrid at De Kuip. The game did not start well for Feyenoord as they conceded after just fourteen minutes when a cross deflected off the hip of defender Lutsharel Geertruida and into his own net. Oblak and the Atlético goal was barely tested by the home side in the first half, Arne Slot tried to change the game around for Feyenoord by bringing on Ayase Ueda for Igor Paixão at the break.

Feyenoord were able to start the second half on the front foot with striker Santiago Giménez having a chance to bring his team level, but he was unable to convert thanks to fine work from Oblak who managed to keep the ball out. Atlético then doubled their lead after a fabulous goal by Mario Hermoso. A lofted ball was played by Barrios to the defender who skilfully lifted the ball over Justin Bijlow. Five minutes later Slot made a triple substitution and the home side were able to get back into the game after Mats Wieffer headed the ball into the net after a corner from Luka Ivanušec.

However, Feyenoord were unable to make use of their foothold in the game as they scored their second own-goal of the game. Striker Giménez is used to scoring in the other net but on this occasion he diverted a defensive header past his own goalkeeper into the Feyenoord net. The game decided the fate of both sides. Feyenoord will play in the Europa League from February while Atlético will be in the next round of Europe’s premier competition. Feyenoord’s final game of the group stage will be a dead rubber against Celtic in two weeks time.

GBeNeFN | Max Mumford

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