Quip was loud before the match started and Quip was dancing after 18 minutes. It was Cyriel Dessers who put Feyenoord on the roses early on using a low slider.
Marseille’s defense cracked on all sides and eventually made way for a second time under pressure from Rotterdam. Sinistra doubled the score with a bit of luck: 2-0.
The first European final in twenty years seemed within reach, but Marseille ruined the atmosphere of the Rotterdam celebration. Dieng first made the connecting goal, until Gerson was able to completely erase France’s deficit before the break.
In fact, De Kuip became silent, although this did not last long. Barely ten seconds into the second half, sniper Cyril Desires attacked goalkeeper Mandanda alone.
He also underlined his status as Mr. Europe by passing smoothly to the goalkeeper and slipping in his tenth European goal this season.
The southern French were able to make their way into the game again. Not with good football, but with courage and surrender. Feyenoord refused, but held on.
Rotterdam will go to Marseille with a great result and will be able to finish it all next week at the Stade Vélodrome.
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