Feyenoord failed to win the first official game of the new season against Kosovar FC Drita on Thursday. In one of the preliminary rounds of the new European tournament, the Conference League, the Rotterdam club failed to score in Pristina: 0-0. Next Thursday, Feyenoord will play the return at home.
The new trainer Arne Slot had made way for two acquisitions in Feyenoord’s basic eleven. Guus Til, who is hired from Spartak Moscow, started in midfield and Norwegian Marcus Pedersen, who came over from Molde, as right back. With, among others, the young striker Naoufal Bannis in the base, Feyenoord created little danger in the first half.
In the second half, Slot’s team, previously coach of AZ, put the opponent under more pressure. Til was close to 1-0, but his shot went wide. The stiff FC Drita, which defeated the Serbian FK Decic in the previous round, mainly slowed down the game in the rest of the game. The striker Robert Bozenik, who came in for Bannis, was also unable to pass Drita goalkeeper Maloku. A few seconds before the end, Slot’s team hit the post.
The Conference League is a newly established European competition, alongside the Champions League and the Europa League. If Feyenoord beat FC Drita in two matches, the Rotterdam clubs will have to wait two more qualifying rounds before the group stage is reached. The Conference League will be held annually from this year.
Feyenoord fail to win in Kosovo
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