Feyenoord suffered their fourth straight defeat in the Champions League group stages, with Shakhtar Donetsk running out 3-1 winners in Ukraine. 

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side headed to Ukraine looking for an unlikely victory which would keep alive their chances of claiming third place in the group. They got off to a perfect start with Nicolai Jorgensen heading them into a shock lead on 12 minutes from a Steven Berghuis cross.

However, Feyenoord’s lead was short lived with Shakhtar equalising two minutes later through Facundo Ferreyra, whose first effort was stopped on the line by Renato Tapia, but he followed up to net. Feyenoord’s defending was suspect for the equaliser and a minute later, a poor clearance by Jerry St Juste and a big error by Sofyan Amrabat led to Marlos firing the Ukrainians ahead.

Ferreyra nearly made it 3-1 but his effort hit the post, while at the other end Jean-Paul Boetius wasted a huge chance to equalise just before the break.

Feyenoord went in search of an equaliser in the second half but Pyatov kept out an effort from Berghuis, before Jorgensen, and Tonny Vilhena both went close. With 25 minutes left, Shakhtar sealed their victory with Marlos playing a one-two with Ferreyra before jinking past Tapia and chipping the ball over Jones and into the net.

The loss means Feyenoord remain bottom and pointless. They sit three points behind Napoli with only games against the Italians and Manchester City to come. It seems only a matter of time before Feyenoord’s time in Europe is officially over.

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