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Slavia next after outstanding win in Almelo

Feyenoord returned to Eredivisie action on Sunday with a convincing victory at Heracles Almelo. In a game sandwiched between two meetings with Slavia Prague in the UECL quarterfinal, Arne Slot’s side conceded first, but scored four of their own to secure all the points. Pick of the goals was Patrik Wålemark’s first for the club in the league.
The match could scarcely have started less well for Feyenoord, who might have been looking to conserve some energy ahead of the Europa Conference League quarterfinal second leg in Prague on Thursday. The hosts took the lead in the first minute, a Sinan Bakis tap-in forcing Feyenoord to rethink their approach.
 
But like so many times already this season, Feyenoord showed they do not lack resilience when put on the back foot. This visitors kept faith with their system and were rewarded with three goals of their own in the first half. Orkun Kökcü equalised with a hard shot after combining well, with Reiss Nelson edging his side ahead by rifling a shot into the roof of the net. It was Nelson’s first for the club in competitive action. The third fell to Guus Til, who netting a Tyrell Malacia cross from a few metres out.
 
Til was injured in the build-up to the second goal and ultimately made way at half time, with Jens Toornstra coming on in his place. Arne Slot introduced Patrik Wålemark a little later for Luis Sinisterra, who left it all out on the pitch, and the Swede rewarded him with a fine goal. Toornstra supplied the pass, which Wålemark stylishly back-heeled into the net to open his official Feyenoord account.
 
The 4-1 win sets Feyenoord up nicely for Thursday’s all-or-nothing date with Slavia Prague, with the winner proceeding to the semi-final. The match in the Czech capital kicks off at 21:00 CET. Feyenoord’s next Eredivisie encounter is a home fixture against FC Utrecht on Sunday 24 April (kick-off 14:30 CET).