Feyenoord’s chances of reaching the Europa League knockout stages took a blow on Thursday after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Young Boys in Rotterdam.

Two weeks ago, Feyenoord lost 2-0 in Switzerland thanks to two first-half penalties. On Thursday, Feyenoord went looking for revenge and in the 18th minute, they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Ridgeciano Haps. Steven Berghuis slotted in the spot-kick to make it 1-0.

Feyenoord could have been 2-0 ahead at the break but Nicolai Jorgensen failed to convert a great chance. At the other end, Young Boys looked dangerous on the break but Kenneth Vermeer was rarely tested.

After the break, Young Boys were denied by the crossbar, while Edgar Ie was lucky not to give away a penalty for handball.

Eventually in the 70th minute, Young Boys did equalise as Marvin Spielmann took advantage of gaps in the Feyenoord defence.

The goal led to a late onslaught from Feyenoord but Jens Toornsta, Jørgensen and Orkun Kökçü all failed to find the net.

Feyenoord remain bottom of the table on four points with tough ties with Porto and Rangers to come. Dick Advocaat’s side face a tough task of making the next round.

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