Feyenoord are the champions of Netherlands, having sealed their first Eredivisie title in 18 years with a 3-1 win over Heracles in front of their home fans.
Captain Dirk Kuyt scored all three goals in the title clinching game to ensure that the efforts the Dutch club have put in all season were duly rewarded. Feyenoord have been top of the Eredivisie since the first game of the season and have done brilliantly to hold on right until the end of the campaign, edging out closest rivals Ajax by a single point.
Former Liverpool star Kuyt opened the scoring for De club aan de Maas after just 38 seconds, and 12 minutes later, his header found the back of the net to put his side in a commanding position going into the break.
Kuyt then put the game to bed with a well taken penalty with just six minutes left to play, which all but confirmed Feyenoord as the champions of Eredivisie, the first time they have achieved the feat since 1999. Peter van Ooijen managed to grab a goal back for Heracles, but it was far too late.
Feyenoord had the chance to seal the title last week, but slipped up and were defeated by Excelsior, which blew the race for the title wide open. That defeat meant Ajax were just a single point behind them going into the last game of the season, and they could not afford any slip ups.
Ajax had won their final game of the season with a 3-1 win over Willem II – a game in which they fielded the youngest ever side in an Eredivisie match, with an average age of just 20 years and 139 days.
Anything but a win for Feyenoord would have handed Europa League finalists Ajax the title, but they showed nerves of steel in front of their home support and thoroughly deserved the win.
Their victory also meant that Ajax would finish the season in second place for the second time in a row, having come agonizingly close to winning the league last season as well, when they faltered at the final hurdle and handed PSV Eindhoven the title.
Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath
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