Sunday 24 January 2021

Disappointment for Dutch clubs in Europe as AZ and Feyenoord go out

PSV players celebrate. Photo: Peter Dejong AP via ANP

There was disappointment for Dutch football clubs in Europe on Thursday night, with both AZ and Feyenoord failing to qualify for the knock out rounds of the Europa League.

AZ, who were well poised to move on in the competition were stunned by the 2-1 defeat by Croatian side Rijeka in Group F.

Feyenoord lost 0-1 to German side Wolfsberger, in what pundits said was a toothless and inspiration-free match. ‘We have a lot of problems seizing the opportunities, and really hurt our opponent,’ captain Steven Berghuis said after the game.

PSV, who were already assured of a place in the knock-out competition, beat AC Omonia 4-0 and qualify as top of group E.

PSV and Ajax, who failed to qualify for the Champions League knock out rounds, are now the only Dutch side remaining in European competition.

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