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Feyenoord make it five wins in a row

Feyenoord continued their impressive Eredivisie run on Saturday evening. A fifth successive win was secured against FC Emmen at De Kuip. Debutant Ozughan Özyakup played a starring role in a 3-0 win, scoring within two minutes. Nicolai Jørgensen and Luis Sinisterra also netted. Late on, Róbert Bozeník became the second new arrival of the evening to debut.

Özyakup needed just 93 seconds to make a great impression on the home crowd at De Kuip, scoring the fastest goal by a debutant in club history. The midfielder, making his first start since arriving on a loan deal from Besiktas, found the back of the net with a shot; Jens Toornstra claimed the assist.

His new fans celebrated wildly and might have expected a goal rush, but Feyenoord were unable to pile on the pressure by adding to their early lead. The hosts made the occasional chance, but FC Emmen proved hard to break down.

The visitors seemed to grow in confidence the longer the game remained at 1-0. By the start of the second half, they were threatening themselves. Frei Koyunlu was put through on Justin Bijlow, but Eric Botteghin’s sliding tackle helped break the FC Emmen man’s focus and the opportunity came to naught.

Feyenoord took the warning to heart and went in search of more goals themselves. The second arrived midway through the second half. A free kick from the left was met by Nicolai Jørgensen at the near post. The Dane showed his qualities as a goal-sniffer, tapping in his third goal since the winter break. 

The goal left FC Emmen with a lot of work to do and Feyenoord exploited the space created by tired legs with a third late on. Keeper Dennis Telgenkamp managed to bat out Marcos Senesi’s header, but Luis Sinisterra nodded in the rebound.

With Feyenoord home and hosed, Dick Advocaat brought on new man Róbert Bozeník to make his bow in the final few minutes.

The final whistle confirmed Feyenoord’s fifth consecutive win in the Eredivisie. Next up for Dick Advocaat’s men is a trip to second-placed AZ, who have a seven-point lead over Feyenoord.