Okoye lose four goals as Sparta Rotterdam collapse at Dessers’ Feyenoord
Maduka Okoye conceded four goals as Feyenoord beat Sparta Rotterdam 4-0 in Sunday’s Eredivisie encounter.
The game played at De Kuip was the goalkeeper’s first game for Castle Lords since returning from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations – where Nigeria crashed out in the round of 16.
Okoye was named in the starting XI as Henk Fraser’s men entered the game with aspirations of ending their nine-game losing streak, but the hosts had other ideas.
Feyenoord started the game on a bright note as Orkun Kokcu put his team ahead after four minutes, his shot beating Okoye.
Seven minutes later, Alireza Jahanbakhsh doubled the hosts’ advantage after being set up by Luis Sinisterra.
Knowing they could go home with a basket full of goals, the visiting team went on the defensive and sometimes threatened to counterattack.
At the end of the first 45 minutes, they entered the tunnel with a two-goal deficit.
Unwilling to go down without a fight, Sparta Rotterdam did all they could to reduce their deficit, however, those ambitions faded as Guus Til increased the hosts’ lead ten minutes before the hour mark.
Til completed his double with 20 minutes remaining as Okoye endured a frustrating night.
He was in action from start to finish but couldn’t do much to prevent his team from losing.
On the other hand, Nigerian international Cyriel Dessers replaced Bryan Linssen in the 66th minute.
Manager Arne Slot was delighted with his side’s result and described it as one of their best games of the 2021-22 campaign.
“I found it impressive to see how good we were at this stage of the game,” he told the media.
“Setting the pace, playing as a team and imposing our will on the opponent, everything went very well. It’s one of our best games this season.
“We had a lot of chances to go further, but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of them. 2-0, I didn’t think that was a realistic reflection of the balance of power.
Following this defeat, Sparta Rotterdam occupies the 17th position after having garnered 14 points in 21 matches. They hope to bounce back to win against Willem II on February 13.