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Turbo-charged start in Tilburg for Feyenoord

Feyenoord got their Eredivisie season off to a great start in Tilburg on Sunday. Coach Arne Slot’s side were too good for hosts Willem II, running out 4-0 winners. The home side ended the game with only ten men on the pitch.
After the 3-0 second leg win against FC Luzern in the Europa Conference League qualifier, Slot said that the season was only now properly set to start. He was referring to the opening Eredivisie game at Willem II and the ECL play-off round against Elfsborg. The Swedes visit De Kuip on Thursday for the first round of that one. Feyenoord certainly heeded the coach’s call on Sunday as they hit the ground running in Tilburg.

With two goals in the first half an hour Feyenoord quickly secured an iron grip on the game. Bryan Linssen opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a shot from distance, then Luis Sinisterra doubled the lead, skipping round a defender to slide the ball into bottom-left-hand corner after a run from his own half with the ball at his feet. Guus Til made it three after the break (48), pouncing when the home defence played itself into trouble.

Willem II ended the game a man short after captain Emil Bergström’s reckless knee-high tackle on Sinisterra. That gave Slot the chance to take some players off and give others an opportunity to stake their claim ahead of the Elfsborg game. One of them ­– Naoufal Bannis – managed to add a fourth for the visitors in time added on.