Dutch giants Feyenoord have won the Dutch league title on Sunday after veteran striker and team captain Dirk Kuyt scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 home win over Heracles Almelo.
The result left the champions one-point clear of arch rivals Ajax Amsterdam, who also won 3-1 away to Willem II in the last day of the Eredivisie season.
Ajax manager Peter Bosz fielded the youngest starting XI in Eredivisie history for the game, with an average age of 20 years and 139 days.
Captain Davy Klaassen, at the age of 24, was the only player over 21 starting. But goals from Kasper Dolberg, Davinson Sanchez and Klaassen proved to be in vain for their title hopes.
But Kuyt’s hat-trick helped Feyenoord lift the title they last won in 1999.
The club’s 36-year-old captain, scored after 40 seconds to set the Rotterdam side on their way to the win. He doubled their lead 12 minutes later, and made it three on 84 minutes with a penalty before Peter van Ooijen’s consolation five minutes later.
Meanwhile, Feyenoord could have sealed the title last weekend, but fell to a shock 3-0 defeat at mid-table Rotterdam rivals Excelsior, who used to be their feeder club.
They topped the league for the entire season, the first team to achieve that since Ajax in 1997-98.
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