FEYENOORD 3-2 MARSEILLE: The Dutch win the thrilling first leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final
FEYENOORD 3-2 MARSEILLE: The Dutch win the thrilling first leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final after the Ligue 1 fightback in Rotterdam
- Cyriel Dessers scored twice to put Feyenoord ahead after the first leg
- Four of the five goals came in the first half before Dessers scored the winner
- Marseille got back to level after losing 2-0 in the first 20 minutes
Feyenoord cruised to a narrow 3-2 win over Marseille in a thrilling first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final in Rotterdam.
Four of the five goals came in a breathtaking first half at De Kuip before Cyriel Dessers netted his second of the game to secure his side a slight lead in France for next week’s second leg.
Marseille will no doubt be happy with the result after Duch’s side threatened to run away with him in the first half.
Feyenoord cruised to a narrow 3-2 victory over Marseille in a thrilling first leg in Rotterdam
The Dutch side produced a frantic display in the first half and led 2-0 at the start
Feyenoord scored twice in as many minutes early in the first half to take the lead in the draw.
Dessers and Luis Sinisterra provided the reward for a positive start in which the hosts mounted wave after wave of attacks.
But Marseille pulled one back with a thunderous strike from 25 yards out from Bamba Dieng which flew over Ofir Marciano at his near post in the 28th minute.
Cyriel Dessers scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal early in the second half
They were level before the break as the keeper could only parry Matteo Guendouzi’s cross and Gerson fired into the net from 10 yards in the 40th minute.
Dessers put Feyenoord back in front just after the break as Duje Caleta-Car dropped his back pass to keeper Steve Mandanda and the Nigerian international stole to score.
The winner will meet either Leicester or Roma in the final, with their level at 1-1 after the first leg at the King Power Stadium.
Both Feyenoord and Marseille are former European Cup champions, with Feyenoord winning Europe’s premier competition in 1970 and Marseille lifting the Champions League trophy in 1993.