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Van Marwijk left bitter after Feyenoord defeat in Turin

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TURIN, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Feyenoord coach Bert van Marwijk was bitterly disappointed after his team fell to a 2-0 defeat to Juventus in Champions League group E on Tuesday, leaving them with just a slim chance of making the second phase of the competition.

Goals in each half from Juve striker Marco Di Vaio ensured the Italian champions go through to the second round but leave the Dutch side bottom of the group with five points.

Van Marwijk was convinced that his team deserved a better reward for an aggressive yet thoughtful display.

"I am very saddened by this result. We deserved more than a defeat here and we played well creating a lot of chances but we couldn't convert them. In the second half in particular we were the ones running the game," said van Marwijk.

"I wouldn't say we were superior to Juventus, that is a rather grand phrase, but we dominated large parts of the game," said the Dutch coach.

Van Marwijk was furious with the performance of French referee Gilles Veissiere.

"The ref was dramatically bad and not to our advantage. It was unbelievable to see so many errors at an international level from all three officials," said the Dutch coach.

Feyenoord must now beat Newcastle United in their final game and hope that Juventus, who only need to avoid a 6-0 defeat in Kiev to top the group, can beat the Ukrainians.

As he left the press conference Van Marwijk shook hands with Juventus coach Marcello Lippi and said to his collegue: "I hope you win in Kiev".

Lippi promised he would field a 'real Juventus' in Kiev but declined to be drawn on whether he would rest key players for what is a largely meaningless game for his team.

"We have to play Modena, Piacenza and Milan before we go to Kiev and then we will look at the players we have avaliable.

"But we will go with a real team. It is important to finish top of the group even if for that not to happen it will need something huge to happen," said Lippi.

The other Italian team to have already qualified for the second phase, AC Milan, fielded a virtual reserve side as they lost 2-1 to French side RC Lens on Tuesday.

While qualification remains Feyenoord's goal they would at least be given a chance to defend their title in the UEFA Cup if they can finish in third place in the group.

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