Feyenoord has their first win in the Europa League after a 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in De Kuip.

After only taking one point from their opening two games, Feyenoord needed a victory on Thursday to give themselves the best chance of progressing to the knockout rounds. Dick Advocaat decided to start with Ridgeciano Haps on the left win.

Former SC Heerenveen attacker Chidera Ejuke caused danger for CSKA Moscow, but the best chances of the first-half fell to Feyenoord. However, Orkun Kokcu, Haps, and Steven Berghuis couldn’t break the deadlock.

CSKA Moscow started the second half strongly but it was Feyenoord that took the lead in the 63rd minute. Haps tapped in a Berghuis cross from close range.

That lead was doubled eight minutes later when Kokcu fired an excellent strike into the far corner from outside the box. A minute later, Feyenoord added a third as Lutsharel Geetruida finished off a Bryan Linssen cross.

Feyenoord then played with confidence and Linssen thought he had added a fourth but the goal was disallowed for offside. Even a Marcos Senesi own-goal before the end could not dampen an excellent night for Feyenoord.

The victory means Feyenoord are now on four points and sit third in the group. Dinamo Zagreb top the group with five points after they defeated Wolfsberger 1-0.

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