A second hat-trick in a week from Dirk Kuyt ensured Feyenoord stayed joint top of the Eredivisie as the Rotterdammers saw off AZ Alkmaar 3-1.

kuyt fey azKuyt has been a revelation since his return to De Kuip and the veteran striker led Feyenoord to victory once again on Sunday as they kept up with Ajax at the top of the table.

Feyenoord began the game on top and they deservedly opened the scoring on 13 minutes when Dirk Kuyt fired a measured shot past Coutinho from the edge of the area.

Five minutes later though AZ Alkmaar leveled the scores as Joris van Overeem slotted in from close range after Jan-Arie van der Heijden cleared the ball off the line. The goal gave the visitors confidence and before the break they gained opportunities through Vincent Janssen and Ben Rienstra, but goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer kept the scores level.

On the hour mark Feyenoord regained the lead in fortunate circumstances as Kuyt diverted Bart Nieuwkoop’s shot past Coutinho. Kuyt then sealed the win and his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Coutinho brought down Simon Gustafson.

Kuyt’s goals take him to the top of the Eredivisie scoring charts and keeps his side level on points with Ajax in first place. AZ sit 11th.

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