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Late drama allows for Feyenoord to complete comeback in UEFA Youth League

Late drama at the City Stadium saw Feyenoord snatch all three points as they overcame a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 in the final UEFA Youth League group stage match.

Celtic started the match strong and in the sixth minute Lewis Dobbie latched on to a low cross before nestling the ball into the bottom corner to give the home side an early advantage. The game started to become a little bit cagy with neither team threatening on goal. However, in the 32nd minute, Kyle Ure’s cross found Daniel Kelly who stroked the ball into the bottom corner to double the home side’s advantage.

Moments after Roco Vata found himself with a great chance to make it three for Celtic but his chance was saved by the Feyenoord keeper.

Feyenoord boss Robin Van Persie was not happy with his side as he made a triple substitution in the 38th minute. Not long after the referee blew for half-time with Celtic being two goals to the good.

As the second half began, Feyenoord came out the blocks flying trying to get back into the match. Many chances were squandered, and it took until the 70th minute as Aymen Sliti headed home a cross to half the away side’s deficit.

Feyenoord continued to put the Celtic backline under pressure but the Celtic back five stood strong. This was until the 89th minute as substitute, Thijs Kraaijeveld, completed the comeback to make it 2-2.

With six minutes added time there was still plenty of time for action. Both sides were going for it but neither looked like they would get the winner. Then up steps Nesto Groen. The Dutchman found space on the edge of the box before placing the ball into the top corner, sending the Feyenoord players and fans into rapture.

Celtic U19s

43 Joe Morrison

39 Rocco Vata

46 Magnus MacKenzie

48 Daniel Kelly

50 Lenny Agbaire

51 Ben Quinn

60 Mackenzie Carse

61 Kyle Ure

73 Jude Bonnar

74 Lewis Dobbie

80 Ronan Ferns


69 Kai McLean

45 Justin Osagie

64 Daniel Cummings

66 Corey Thomson

77 Aiden Haddow

84 Thomas Hatton

93 Sean Mcardle

Coach: Darren O’Dea

Feyenoord U19s

1 Mannou Berger

2 Lugene Arnaud

3 Djomar Giersthove

4 Jan Plug

5 Jayden Candelaria

6 Zino Sneijer

7 Jaden Slory

8 Nassim El Harmouz

9 Shaqueel Van Persie

10 Ayoub Ouarghi

11 Aymen Sliti


16 Tim Haksteeg

14 Givario Read

15 Rainey Breinburg

17 Thijs Kraaijeveld

19 Nesto Groen

20 Marleyson Cruz



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