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Hopeful Feyenoord crash to defeat at Heracles

Feyenoord Rotterdam suffered a painful defeat at Eredivisie minnows Heracles Almelo on Sunday, and start the season in the same way the last two ended.

Feyenoord have been going through a rough phase in their 100-year-old history, having delivered two of the most disappointing seasons ever.

Having attracted new coach Gert Jan Verbeek, and with the return of Danish striker Jon Dahl Tomasson, Feyenoord hoped to make an end to their crisis but their first match of the season showed anything but an improved team.

Bahía did open the score within the minute, giving his side good hope for the remainder of the match, but influential Jonathan De Guzman conceded a red card after elbowing an opponent on the half hour mark.

From here on things went down hill for Feyenoord. The home side levelled through Douglas in the 38th minute and Klavan made it 2-1 in the 60th. Feyenoord kept trying to equalise but Bridji decided the clash with 3-1 in stoppage time.

Sun 31 Aug, 2008
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