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2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Andrej Kramaric (63', 70', 76' PEN)
  • Jens Toornstra (66')

Rijeka 3-1 Feyenoord Rotterdam

Andrej Kramaric hit a match-winning hat-trick against Feyenoord to continue his own prolific streak and hand Rijeka a first victory in the Europa League group phase.
The Croatia striker came into the match with 14 goals in 11 games and further improved that return, striking three times in 13 second-half minutes.
Jens Toornstra returned fire for the Dutch side after Kramaric's first but the home side quickly re-established the advantage to claim a 3-1 win.
The sides exchanged early attempts on goal, Vedran Jugovic with power but not placement for the hosts and Elvis Manu denied by Ivan Vargic's smart save at the other end.
Ivan Tomecak's hopeful cross-shot seemed likely to end up in the net only for a fantastic stop from Kenneth Vermeer.
Vermeer became increasingly busy as the half progressed, but neither Tomecak or Anas Sharbini made his job too hard when they shied at goal from the edge of the area.
After 45 scoreless minutes Rick Karsdorp almost broke the deadlock 90 seconds after the interval, a curling effort on its way under the crossbar before Vargic tipped it over the top.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 63rd minute when Kramaric drifted into the six-yard box to get on the end of Marin Leovac's ball.
But the lead last just three minutes, Toornstra taking advantage of Matej Mitrovic's indiscretion to equalise with a stunning free-kick.
The goal-rush continued four minutes later, Kramaric getting on the end of Vargic's long punt and lifting calming over Vermeer to regain the lead.
His hat-trick goal was not long coming, Terence Kongolo's foul allowing him to make it three from the penalty spot and seal the game for Rijeka.
Feyenoord made the running in the closing stages but could hardly produce a finish worthy of the name, Karim El Ahmadi and Mitchell Te Vrede both failing to make the most of their chances.
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