Van Persie hattrick hero against FC Emmen

Feyenoord recorded a big win against FC Emmen on Sunday. Robin van Persie was the main man at De Kuip, netting three times. Steven Berghuis also scored with a stunning free kick as Feyenoord ran out 4-0 winners.

The disappointment of elimination from the KNVB Cup at the semi-final stage on Wednesday weighed heavily on the hosts going into the match. Giovanni van Bronckhorst demanded that his team get over the setback immediately with a win against FC Emmen in order to tighten their grip on third place with European football next season up for grabs.

The hosts racked up a string of chances in the first half, but the home fans had to be patient, as the opener was a long time in coming. Sam Larsson, Tonny Vilhena and Steven Berghuis all failed to get the breakthrough and it was left to Robin van Persie to edge Feyenoord ahead just before the break.

Deserved lead
Van Persie tapped home after a fine dribble by Larsson. However, the sweetness of the captain’s two hundredth league goal of his career was followed by bitterness when Kenneth Vermeer was injured while saving a Sven Braken shot and was forced off. Joris Delle came on to replace him, making his first-team debut as the first Frenchman to pull on a Feyenoord shirt.

Delle managed to keep a clean sheet as Van Persie increased the hosts’ lead at the other end. On 52 minutes he finished deftly after latching on to a Berghuis through-ball; some ten minutes later he netted after Jeremiah St. Juste had headed on a Berghuis cross to make it 3-0. It was Van Persie’s first ever Eredivisie hattrick. 

Happy ending 
The busy Berghuis grabbed a goal of his own on 76 minutes to make it 4-0, The winger curled a beautifully weighted free kick into the top right-hand corner to wrap up the points.

The victory means Feyenoord remain in third place in the Eredivisie, three points ahead of AZ, who beat Fortuna Sittard 4-2. Next week, Van Bronckhorst’s men have a trip to Vitesse to look forward to. The next home match follows a week later on Saturday 16 March, kick-off 19:45, when Willem II provide the opposition.

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