Feyenoord have got off to a losing start in the Europa League group stages after a 2-0 defeat to holders Sevilla in Spain.

feyesevilFred Rutten looked to change his formation after the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Willem II on Saturday and began the match in a 4-4-2 with speedy wingers Elvis Manu and Ruben Schaken starting up front.

Sevilla also made a number of changes to their starting line-up and it was one of their new boys Gerard Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona, who created the opening goal as his free kick to the back post was slid into the net by Grzegorg Krychowiak after only eight minutes.

After half an hour it was 2-0 from an almost identical situation as a Deulofeu free kick was powerfully headed past Kenneth Vermeer by midfielder Stephane M’Bia, and fans of the Rotterdam club would have been fearing the worst.¬†However Jens Toornstra came within inches of reducing the deficit before the break as his clever free kick hit both posts of the Sevilla goal and rebounded to safety.

The second half saw Sevilla dominate but squander chance after chance as Carlos Bacca couldn’t steer the ball into an empty net from a tight angle, while Jose Antonio Reyes blasted over after Vermeer parried the ball to his feet.

Feyenoord introduced Jean Paul Boetius and Bilal Basacikoglu late on, but neither could inspire their side back into the game and Sevilla comfortably held on to take victory.

Feyenoord will now prepare for the massive match against rivals Ajax on Sunday while their next Europa League tie is a in two weeks as they host Standard Liege, who saw off Croatian side HNK Rijeka 2-0 in Belgium on Thursday.

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