Feyenoord are officially out of Europe after a late Raheem Sterling goal gave Manchester City a 1-0 win in England.

Given their recent form, many will have expected Feyenoord to be on the end of a hammering against an in-form Manchester City. Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst even admitted that their attention was mostly on the weekends league tie with Groningen, and Nicolai Jorgensen, Bart Nieuwkoop and Jerry St Juste all started on the bench.

However, Feyenoord, against expectations, frustrated Manchester City from the kick-off and proved dangerous through Jean Paul Boetius and Steven Berghuis. Ten minutes before the break, the best chance fell to Sam Larsson but he shot wide from the edge of the box.

Manchester City saw a lot of the ball but Brad Jones remained largely untroubled in the first half with Bernardo Silva’s weak effort the closest the Premier League side came.

After the break, the game remained the same with City having the possession but Feyenoord remained dangerous and Ederson had to make a good save to deny Berghuis.

Sven van Beek was excellent in the heart of Feyenoord’s defence but in the 89th minute the opening goal finally came through Raheem Sterling, who clipped the ball over Jones after a fine ball from Silva.

The defeat, Feyenoord’s fifth out of five in the competition confirms that the Rotterdammers will not continue in Europe past the winter. Their final chance to get at least a point is in two weeks against Napoli.




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