Guus Til cannot yet fully comprehend that he has helped Feyenoord to a place in the third preliminary round of the Conference League with a hat trick.

Thanks to the three goals of the midfielder, the Rotterdam team escaped a disgrace against Kosovar FC Drita on Thursday: 3-2.

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"This is of course fantastic. I really enjoyed it, but I can't really comprehend it," said Til, who played his first official game in De Kuip, after the return at



"For a long time there were a lot of people again. We missed them enormously."

Til opened the score for Feyenoord after seven minutes, but within ten minutes Drita turned the deficit into a lead.

Halfway through the second half, the single Orange-international made it 2-2 and in the final phase he made his third of the evening.

"It was two goals within 5 meters," he said of his hat-trick.

"I think I could have made five, but it doesn't matter. We're through and I'm happy with that."

Joy at Feyenoord after Guus Til's 3-2.

Joy at Feyenoord after Guus Til's 3-2.

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'Unbelievable how we sometimes gave the opportunities away'

Til was the first player to score a hat-trick for Feyenoord in a European match since Mike Obiku in September 1995. He also followed in the footsteps of Harry van der Laan (four goals in 1990) and Hans Venneker (five goals in 1964), who also scored at least three times in their first game for the Rotterdam team in De Kuip.

Til was shocked by the many opportunities that Feyenoord gave away against Drita.

"They played on the counter and we were not vigilant about that at all. It was actually unbelievable how we sometimes gave up the chances. We will have to analyze this carefully. It will certainly have to be better."

Feyenoord will take on the Swiss FC Lucerne in the third preliminary round. The matches are on Thursday 5 and 12 August. To reach the main tournament of the new European tournament, one more preliminary round has to be survived after that.