Playing in an empty stadium against the league’s second-bottom team, Feyenoord clearly wanted to get an early breakthrough and it duly came on 8 minutes. Linssen supplied the pass to Guus Til, whose cute chip left the keeper with no chance.
Linssen top scorer
The lead took the pressure off and allowed the hosts to play the ball around. They capitalised on their dominance just ahead of the half-hour mark. A corner from Orkun Kökcü was headed in by Linssen. The striker repeated the trick after the break, this time from a Fredrik Aursnes cross, as Feyenoord took full control.
Linssen completed a great afternoon for him personally ten minutes later when he set up Luis Sinisterra to claim his second assist of the game. Linssen had wanted to head in a cross from Til himself, but he actually headed on to the Colombian, who finished. His work done, Linssen was substituted, in the knowledge that he was now the Eredivisie’s top scorer with 10 goals.
With the win secure, Arne Slot took the opportunity to make further substitutions, bringing on Reiss Nelson, Naoufal Bannis and Mark Diemers, among others, for Til, Sinisterra and Toornstra. It was a special moment for Diemers, who returned to action after a long injury layoff. And in the final stages another substitute, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, grabbed a fifth goal for Feyenoord with a bullet header.
Feyenoord return to action on Thursday, when Maccabi Haifa provide the opposition in the Europa Conference League at De Kuip. That one’s followed by a trip to FC Groningen in the Eredivisie next Sunday (kick-off 14:30 CET).
- Guus Til