Feyenoord out of Champions League after home defeat to Atlético

Lutsharel Geertruida (l) and Santiago Gímenez both scored at the wrong end. Photo: ANP/Olaf Kraak

Feyenoord crashed out of the Champions League as two own goals sealed their fate against Atlético Madrid.

Arne Slot’s side had a chance to haul themselves back into contention with a home win against the Spanish side, but went behind when defender Lutsharel Geertruida diverted a cross into his own net.

Atletico’s second goal 10 minutes after half-time owed even more to outrageous fortune when Mario Hermoso hooked a lofted pass over his own shoulder and into the top corner from a narrow angle.

Feyenoord’s hopes were briefly revived in the 77th minute when Mats Wieffer headed in from a corner, but four minutes later Santiago Gímenez bundled an Atlético free-kick beyond Justin Bijlow for the second own goal of the night.

Slot admitted that Atlético had been the better team on the night. “When they won possession they were much calmer than us,” he said. “You could see the quality some of their players have. When we got the ball we were a bit panicky.”

The Rotterdammers will play in the Europa League after Christmas, after Celtic’s 2-0 defeat in Rome to Lazio condemned them to fourth place. Feyenoord will travel to Glasgow for the final group game against Celtic on December 13, which is now a dead rubber.

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