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Resounding Feyenoord win in Tilburg after strong second half

Feyenoord eased into October with a convincing victory at Willem II on Sunday afternoon. The game took some time to get going, but the visitors pulled away in the second half with goals from Bryan Linssen and Steven Berghuis sealing the victory.

Dick Advocaat was forced into changes in his starting line-up, with Uros Spajic drafted in despite having taken part in few training sessions since his recent switch to Rotterdam. That alterations seemed to have an impact on the visitors, who did not start well. The hosts took advantage by taking an early lead. Evangelos Pavlidis made the breakthrough with a header from a corner.

Feyenoord soon hit back. Ridgeciano Haps took up a good position in the home box, scoring from a João Carlos Teixeira pass.

Linssen opens account
With the game opening up, there were chances at both ends, but neither side was able to find the breakthrough before the break. The third goal of the afternoon did come soon after the restart though and it fell to Feyenoord. Bryan Linssen volleyed in his first goal for the club, a strike that loosed the visitors from their mental shackles. Two more big chances came the way of Linssen, who was playing up top, but he was unable to add to him total.

Berghuis strikes again
Steven Berghuis was more efficient, making it 3-1 with a well-placed shot from João Carlos Teixeira’s pass. And as the game entered the final fifteen, Feyenoord’s captain showed his class by pouncing on a mistake by home keeper Robbin Ruiter. Berghuis stole the ball, readied himself and pulled the trigger from distance to put the result beyond all doubt.

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With the three points in the bag, Dick Advocaat took advantage by introducing Tyrell Malacia late on. The left back sealed his return after a lengthy injury lay off. By that time Advocaat had also brought on Orkun Kökcü, another player returning from injury.

Next up for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie is a home game against city rivals Spart Rotterdam. The fixture is scheduled for Sunday 18 October, with no fans being allowed into De Kuip.