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Dutch striker hits four-minute hat-trick as Hearts win 10-0 (yes, you read that correctly)

It was some way short of the club’s record win — a 21-0 demolition of Anchor in 1880.

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DUTCH STRIKER GENERO Zeefuik plundered a four-minute first-half hat-trick as runaway Scottish Championship leaders Hearts annihilated 10-man Cowdenbeath 10-0 at Tynecastle on Saturday.

Zeefuik broke the deadlock with a 26th-minute penalty and added a second with a low shot before completing his treble with another penalty after Lewis Toshney was sent off for fouling Sam Nicholson.

Zeefuik’s treble arrived in just three minutes and 36 seconds and took his tally to eight goals in seven games since his arrival on loan from FC Groningen.

A 20-yard Nicholson shot and a Jamie Walker strike made it 5-0 before the interval, before Hearts scored their third penalty of the game in the 57th minute through Morgaro Gomis, who had been brought down by Thomas O’Brien.

Alim Ozturk got on the score-sheet with a 25-yard effort four minutes later and Danny Wilson tucked home an eighth goal before a late brace from substitute Osman Sow took Hearts into double figures.

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It was some way short of Hearts’ record win — a 21-0 demolition of Anchor in 1880 — but the margin of defeat equalled Cowdenbeath’s heaviest previous loss, an 11-1 defeat by Clyde in 1951.

Robbie Neilson’s Hearts remain 20 points clear of second-place Hibernian in the second tier, while Cowdenbeath — who now have a goal difference of -45 — stay second-bottom.

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