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Feyenoord 3-1 Heracles Almelo

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Dirk Kuyt's opener was his 100th league goal for Feyenoord

Feyenoord won their first Dutch title since 1999 thanks to captain Dirk Kuyt's hat-trick in their win over Heracles Almelo on the final day.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side needed to win, with Ajax one point behind them, and nerves were settled when 36-year-old Kuyt pounced on a defensive mistake to score the opener after 38 seconds.

He headed in his second in the 12th minute and scored a penalty late on before Peter van Ooijen's consolation.

Ajax won 3-1 at Willem II.

Their manager Peter Bosz fielded the youngest starting XI in Eredivisie history for the game, with an average age of 20 years and 139 days.

Captain Davy Klaassen, at the age of 24, was the only player over 21 starting. But goals from Kasper Dolberg, Davinson Sanchez and Klaassen proved to be in vain for their title hopes.

The Amsterdam club's next game is the Europa League final against Manchester United on Wednesday, 24 May.

Feyenoord could have sealed the title last weekend, but fell to a shock 3-0 defeat at mid-table Rotterdam rivals Excelsior, who used to be their feeder club.

They topped the league for the entire season, the first team to achieve that since Ajax in 1997-98.

Line-ups

Feyenoord

  • 25Jones
  • 26NieuwkoopSubstituted forKarsdorpat 81'minutes
  • 33Botteghin
  • 6van der HeijdenBooked at 38mins
  • 4KongoloSubstituted forNelomat 53'minutes
  • 28Toornstra
  • 7KuytBooked at 84mins
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 19Berghuis
  • 9Jørgensen
  • 11EliaSubstituted forBasacikogluat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vermeer
  • 2Karsdorp
  • 5Vejinovic
  • 14Basacikoglu
  • 15Woudenberg
  • 18Nelom
  • 20Tapia
  • 22Bijlow
  • 29Kramer
  • 31Dammers
  • 38Hamer
  • 40El Hankouri

Heracles Almelo

  • 1Castro
  • 2Breukers
  • 3te WierikBooked at 83mins
  • 27Hoogma
  • 23Fledderus
  • 10BrunsBooked at 29minsSubstituted forPröpperat 82'minutes
  • 14Pelupessy
  • 29NiemeijerSubstituted forvan Ooijenat 74'minutes
  • 17Kuwas
  • 9Armenteros
  • 18PetersonSubstituted forDarriat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Pröpper
  • 7Darri
  • 8Duarte
  • 12Droste
  • 15Navratil
  • 20van Ooijen
  • 25Fij
  • 28Brouwer
Referee:
Dennis Higler
Attendance:
47,500

Match Stats

Home TeamFeyenoordAway TeamHeracles Almelo
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home20
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Feyenoord 3, Heracles Almelo 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Feyenoord 3, Heracles Almelo 1.

Attempt saved. Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Feyenoord. Conceded by Mark-Jan Fledderus.

Goal!

Goal! Feyenoord 3, Heracles Almelo 1. Peter van Ooijen (Heracles Almelo) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brahim Darri.

Foul by Justin Hoogma (Heracles Almelo).

Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Samuel Armenteros (Heracles Almelo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Botteghin (Feyenoord).

Booking

Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Feyenoord 3, Heracles Almelo 0. Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Mike te Wierik (Heracles Almelo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Mike te Wierik (Heracles Almelo) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Feyenoord. Nicolai Jørgensen draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Bilal Basacikoglu (Feyenoord) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rick Karsdorp with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Heracles Almelo. Robin Pröpper replaces Thomas Bruns.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Feyenoord. Rick Karsdorp replaces Bart Nieuwkoop because of an injury.

Delay in match Bart Nieuwkoop (Feyenoord) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Heracles Almelo. Brahim Darri replaces Kristoffer Peterson.

Attempt missed. Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Tim Breukers (Heracles Almelo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bilal Basacikoglu (Feyenoord).

Corner, Feyenoord. Conceded by Bram Castro.

Attempt saved. Bart Nieuwkoop (Feyenoord) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bilal Basacikoglu with a headed pass.

Corner, Feyenoord. Conceded by Bram Castro.

Attempt saved. Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jens Toornstra.

Substitution

Substitution, Feyenoord. Bilal Basacikoglu replaces Eljero Elia.

Substitution

Substitution, Heracles Almelo. Peter van Ooijen replaces Reuven Niemeijer.

Attempt missed. Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Berghuis.

Foul by Mike te Wierik (Heracles Almelo).

Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dirk Kuyt with a cross.

Foul by Brandley Kuwas (Heracles Almelo).

Jan-Arie van der Heijden (Feyenoord) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tim Breukers (Heracles Almelo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eljero Elia (Feyenoord).

Attempt saved. Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dirk Kuyt.

Thomas Bruns (Heracles Almelo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miquel Nelom (Feyenoord).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Feyenoord34264486256182
2Ajax34256379235681
3PSV Eindhoven342210268234576
4FC Utrecht34188854381662
5Vitesse341561351401151
6AZ Alkmaar34121395652449
7FC Twente34129134850-245
8FC Groningen341013115551443
9sc Heerenveen34127155453143
10Heracles Almelo34127155355-243
11ADO Den Haag34115183759-2238
12Excelsior34910154360-1737
13Willem II3499162944-1536
14PEC Zwolle3498173967-2835
15Sparta Rotterdam3497184261-1934
16N.E.C.3497183259-2734
17Roda JC Kerkrade34712152651-2533
18Go Ahead Eagles3465233273-4123
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