After saying his formal farewells at De Kuip on Sunday, Giovanni van Bronckhorst took charge of Feyenoord for the last time...
Feyenoord brought the 2018-19 campaign to a satisfactory end on Wednesday night, beating Fortuna Sittard 4-1. Wearing the new away kit, the Rotterdammers won with goals from Orkun Kökcü, Nicolai Jørgensen (2) and Steven Berghuis, bringing the Giovanni van Bronckhorst era to a fitting end.
The visitors got off to the best possible start in Limburg. In a much-changed starting line-up, including Bart Nieuwkoop and Dylan Vente, midfielder Orkun Kökcü slotted in a hard, low shot on 6 minutes to give his side the lead.
Feyenoord wanted to drive home their advantage early on, but Fortuna Sittard got themselves back on level terms just before the break. An attempted clearance fell nicely for Jorrit Smeets, who volleyed the ball straight back into the net.
It would be 20 minutes before time that the lead was regained. A red card for Kai Heerings helped the cause, albeit it not immediately. The Fortuna defender handled in the box, resulting in a penalty. Steven Berghuis tried a Panenka, but only managed to chip the ball into keeper Alexei Koselev’s hands. Fortunately Nicolai Jørgensen beat the Moldovan goalie a few minutes later and Feyenoord were on their way.
Jørgensen headed in the third ten minutes later, latching onto a fine Steven Berghuis cross and in the final minute Berghuis grabbed a goal of his own. The winger showed perfect technique to control a hard Kökcü pass and slap in the fourth.
The win means that Feyenoord finish on 65 points from 34 matches. As the Eredivisie’s third-place team, Feyenoord will start their European campaign next season in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.