FEYENOORD have won their first Eredivisie title since 1999 after a simple final day victory over Heracles.
There was a nervy atmosphere around the De Kuip stadium after they blew a chance to clinch the title last week, being hammered 3-0 by minnows Excelsior.
Ajax won that day – 4-0 at home to Go Ahead Eagles – to close the gap from four points to just one, with it all going down to the final day.
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But former Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt settled any nerves in Rotterdam by capitalising on a defensive slip to fire his side into the lead in the opening minute.
And the Dutch legend, 36, scored again in the 12th-minute to send home fans wild as Feyenoord put one hand on a first league title in 18 years.
Kuyt completed his hat-trick in the 83rd-minute when he coolly converted from penalty spot to confirm his side as champions, despite Peter van Ooijen’s late consolation effort.
Meanwhile, Ajax held up their end of the deal as they won their match 3-1 away to Willem II.
Kasper Djolberg scored just before half-time, before Davinson Sanchez doubled their lead minutes after the break, with Davy Klaassen putting the icing on the cake, before a Jari Shuurman consolation strike.
But it wasn’t enough for Ajax as they relied on Heracles to ruin Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Co’s party.
The scenes in Feyenoord were a far cry from a week ago, when supporters rioted after their blew their chance to win the title.
Shocking scenes ensued after the Excelsior thrashing as fans clashed in the streets and battled with police.
Police were armed with batons whilst raging supporters attacked a riot van, as the streets were trashed, with rubbish scattered all over the roads as flares were also lit.
50,000 fans had gathered in the De Kuip stadium to watch the match, in the hope they would become champions, on giant screens but instead left disappointed.
However, this weekend, Feyenoord didn’t choke and held on to win the league for the first time in nearly 20 years, by a single point.