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Hello, my name is Max Francis and I will be guiding you through the 1st leg between Feyenoord vs Roma in this spicy European encounter.

Here are the line ups for you:

The hosts line up without Alireza Jahanbakhsh who is out with a injury.

Thomas van den Belt, Quinten Timber, Lutsharel Geertruida, Justin Bijlow, Gjivai Zechiel and Gernot Trauner are still out with injuries.

How the away team line up this evening:

Tammy Abraham is the only injury for Roma tonight. Daniele De Rossi has a full squad for his first European match in charge of Roma.

The hosts warming up for the big game ahead in front of the passionate Feyenoord fans.

It’s the first fixture between the two since Roma’s demolishing against them at home in the Quarter-final; 2nd leg. Arne Slot’s men will be looking for sweet revenge in front of the hardcore backing of the passionate Feyenoord fans. They’ll try even harder to find goals without the main man Gimenez.

Daniele De Rossi will be looking for a night to remember in his first ever game managing in a European fixture.

We should be in for a very, very bumpy ride.

1′ – We are under way at the De Kuip.

2′ – It’s all Feyenoord in the first few minutes of this tie. Could the hosts find a early opener?

4′ – Zerrouki fouls Bove in Roma’s half with the expression that he wasn’t pleased with the referee’s decision.

6′ – Mancini gives away a foul on the halfway whilst fighting to win the ball back.

7′ – Svilar is pressured by Minteh who ends up fouling the goalkeeper whilst trying to win the ball back. Svilar was pretty theatrical with it.

8′ – Lukaku lays the ball off to Bove who strikes it on his left which the the ball bounces out for a corner. A lively first 8 minutes for the midfielder.

10′ – SAVE! Dybala provides an exquisite ball is slipped into Pellegrini through he middle of the pitch into the box which Wellenreuther bravely reacts to to stop the Italian from scoring.

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14′ – End to end first 14 minutes from the two sides, but Roma have had the clearer chances so far. Can Feyenoord find answer?

15′ – YELLOW CARD! Ball is put through to Lukaku on the left side but Beelen pulls him down as he can’t handle the strength from the Belgian.

17′ – First opportunity so far for Roma as the ball is crossed in to Lukaku who heads the ball into the hands of Wellenreuther.

19′ – Zelewski runs back down the pitch to make a thumping slide tackle which deflects out for a corner.

20′ – Roma pass the ball around in the back line as Feyenoord provide the pressure high up the field which results in Mancini kicking the ball out for a throw in.

21′ – BIG CHANCE! Feyenoord counter attack with Paixao cutting into the right side in the middle of the box who tries to place the ball in the bottom left which goes narrowly wide. A huge let off for Roma.

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In other news: Galatasaray take the lead at home to Sparta Prague with a goal by Demribay.

26′ – CHANCE SQUANDERED! Zalewski has a great opportunity to shoot at goal but takes the selfless but wrong decision to try and lay it off to Lukaku with his left foot which is intercepted in the box.

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28′ – Ball is crossed into the box to Dybala but he’s squashed by the Feyenoord defence which is then deflected to Wellenreuther to catch.

UPDATE: Shaktar Donetsk have had a goal disallowed and Sporting Lisbon have taken the lead away at Young Boys due to a own goal by Amenda.

35′ – YELLOW CARD! Minteh gets a yellow card for accidently tapping Zalewski in the face whilst trying to fight him off the ball next to the touchline who dramatically falls to the floor when a hand taps him in the face. He must think he’s on the theatre stage and not the football stage.

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38′ – Wieffer takes a ambitious shot from distance which is put wide with no pressure.

40′ – MASSIVE SAVE ONTO THE CROSSBAR BY WELLENREUTHER! Wellenreuther makes a astonishing save from Parades who absolutely thumps the ball from distance on his right foot which dips down but the Feyenoord keeper keeps the game level.

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UPDATE: Two goals in two minutes as Sporting make it 0-2 from a penalty by the man that can not stop scoring, Gyokeres which is then quickly dampened by the instant response from Young Boys who get one back by Ugrinic.

45′ – ANOTHER HEADED CHANCE FROM LUKAKU! – Corner is whipped in the middle of the box which is placed perfectly on the Belgians head which is powered into the hands of Wellenreuther.

45′ – There will be 2 minutes of added time.

45 + 2′ – GGGGOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL! Feyenoord take the lead at the death of the first half with a cross whipped in on his left by Hartmen to a unmarked Paixao with a bullet header in the back of the net which is out of reach for Svilar. The worst possible ending to the first half for Roma.

HALF-TIME, FEYENOORD 1-0 ROMA! – It wasa entertaining end to end first half from the two sides who tried and tried to find a opening goal but Feyenoord find the opener from a downwards header byt Paixao in the 1st leg. The game has come alive from two great goalkeeping performances so far from Wellenreuther and Svilar. Can Roma find a response in the second half? a very important next 45 minutes for De Rossi’s men.

46′ – Were back underway for the second half.

47′ – YELLOW CARD! Llorente man handles Ueda outside the box and gives away a free-kick in a very dangerous decision.

UPDATE: Sparta Prague have equalised away at Galatasray early in the second half from a goal by Preciado. Sporting also get a goal and make it 1-3 early in the second half by a goal from Inacio.

52′ – Dybala takes a shot on the side of his left foot outside the box but he puts too much on the shot and places it well over the bar.

53′ – It’s been all Roma in the opening 8 minutes in the second half. Feyenoord have put on the brakes so far, but will Roma find a equaliser?

54′ – CHANCE FOR LUKAKU! Ball is whipped in by Spinazzola on hi left foot which lands on the head of Lukaku who heads it over the goal. The Belgian is getting fed up with all these wasted opportunities. Will it come to haunt him?

59′ – Corner is whipped in but the ball flies over everyone’s head. Another wasted opportunity for Roma.

UPDATE: Galatasaray make it 2-1 from a own goal by kreji and a red card for Viktor Nelsson. Aubameyang gets himself on the scpresheet for Marseille to make it 0-1 and Sparta Prague have equalised to make it 2-2 from a goal by Kuchta. It's been an eventful few minutes.

63′ – DOUBLE SUBTITUTION FOR FEYENOORD! Minteh and Ueda have been subtitued off for Lingr and the main man Gimenez.

67′ – GGGGOOOOOAAAALLLLLL! LUKAKU GETS THE EQUALISER! Spinazzola once again provides a fantastic cross in the left hand side which this time, Lukaku takes advantage of with a great header in the bottom bottom right which is out of reach for Wellenreuther. The Belgian finally takes advantage of these opportunities.

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UPDATE: Shaktar Donetsk equalise with a goal by centre back Matviyenko.

71′ – SUBTITUTION FOR FEYENOORD! Calvin Stengs has been subtitued for Luka Ivanusec.

73′ – Shots galore from Feyenoord which on is brilliantly blocked by Bove which rebounds off the referees head…. a drop ball has been given.

77′ – Pellegrini heads the ball away but lands on Feyenoord captain Hancko and hurts himself by doing so.

78′ – ANOTHER DOUBLE SUBTITUTION FOR FEYENOORD!

80′ – Were into the last 10 minutes in Rotterdam. Bove shoves Gimenez next to the corner flag which gives a loud roar in that noisy Feyenoord end but the referee isn’t interested.

UPDATE: Red card for Sparta Prague as as Matej Rynes leaves the field.

82′ – FIRST SUBTITUTION FOR ROMA! Rick Karsdorp is subbed off for Mehmet Zeki Celik.

84′ – YELLOW CARD! Bove gets a yellow card by fouling Lingr which means he’ll now miss the second leg tie in Rome.

89′ – MASSIVE SAVE! Gimenez strikes the ball at goal with his right foot which Svilar has to dive for. Feyenoord are fighting hard to get the winner.

UPDATE: Red card for Young Boys as Kamara is sent off and Marseille score at the death with a goal by N'diaye, Icardi scores a 91st minute winner for Galatasray against Sparta Prague and Eguinaldo scores a last minute equaliser for Shaktar Donetsk against Marseille.

92′ – OFF THE POST! Free-kick has on the edge of the box which Ivanusec whips with his right and rifles off he post.

FULL-TIME: Feyenoord 1-1 AS Roma

It’s been a well fought and entertaining end to end tie here at the De Kuip as both Feyenoord and Roma have had many shots and their chances to win the game but the game somehow ends in a draw due both teams attackers not taking their precious chances and due to both goalkeepers making fantastic saves, especially in the first half. Feyenoord especially will be frustrated that they didn’t get the win in their at home but on the other hand d will be very much relieved that Roma didn’t make the most of he chances they had either. A combined 32 shots tonight with 18 from Feyenoord and 14 from Roma. Both teams will be very much frustrated that none of them won the game .Thank you for joining me for this entertaining fixture, good night.

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