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Sinisterra hits hat-trick in goal fest

Feyenoord took a big step towards qualification for the group stage of the Europa Conference League on Thursday. De Kuip was in full voice as the hosts rolled over Swedish side IF Elfsborg in the play-off first leg. Playing fluently for periods Feyenoord racked up a 5-0 win, with Luis Sinisterra scoring a hat-trick.

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The Colombian striker’s opener midway through the first half gave the hosts the confidence and energy to really cut loose in last 20 minutes of the first half. Coach Arne Slot’s team netted twice more before the break to go in 3-0 up, with an Alireza Jahanbakhsh strike and a second for Sinisterra. It brought a well-deserved standing ovation from the fans as the teams trotted off at half time.

Aware that a goal for the visitors would bring them right back into the tie, Feyenoord put their pedal to the metal in search of more. Sinisterra completed his hattrick three minutes after the restart before Bryan Linssen also got in on the act. He celebrated by dancing like a crazy chicken in front of the seating mass in the stand.

By that time the Swedes had been reduced to ten men, but Feyenoord also had a man sent off late on. Justin Bijlow raced well out of his goal area as IF Elfsborg’s Ndione looked to latch on to a high cross and was adjudged to have brought the player down, earning himself a red card in the process. Feyenoord seemed to find it hard to regain their composure, with plenty of mistakes creeping in as the game petered out. But after the final whistle the hosts could look back on an overall strong performance on a night of European success.

The second leg will be played at the Borås Arena on Thursday 26 August, kick-off 19:00 CET.