Feyenoord uses first match point and is champion of the Netherlands

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Feyenoord is champion of the Netherlands. After the 3-0 victory over Go Ahead Eagles, coach Arne Slot’s team can no longer be overtaken by number two PSV two rounds before the end.

Things went wrong in 2017 when Feyenoord lost to Excelsior in the first championship match, but it certainly did not come to that on Sunday. Within twenty minutes, the team from Rotterdam already led 2-0 through goals from Oussama Idrissi and Santiago Gimenez.

Go Ahead got no further than a few pinpricks. Captain Bas Kuipers might have deserved a penalty for a foul by Marcus Pedersen, but referee Allard Lindhout and the VAR saw nothing in it. Shortly afterwards, Mats Wieffer headed a ball against his own crossbar.

Just like in Feyenoord’s previous championship game, it eventually became 3-0 in the second half. Igor Paixão curled the ball phenomenally into the far top corner and put De Kuip upside down for the umpteenth time. The Brazilian also determined the final score.

Feyenoord and Rotterdam have been preparing for the title in recent weeks: the stage for the ceremony on Stadhuisplein has already been built and Coolsingel has been closed to traffic since Saturday evening. The match was shown on a large screen at three locations in the city centre.

Feyenoord is now officially the best club in the Netherlands for the sixteenth time. The first national title was won 99 years ago. The team from Rotterdam only lost once this season in the Eredivisie, in September at PSV (4-3). The ceremony on the Coolsingel starts on Monday at 12 noon.

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