ZWOLLE 0-0 VVV
Zwolle and VVV shared the spoils in a goalless draw on Friday night.
The hosts were the better side over the 90 minutes but could not beat VVV goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.
The first real opportunity came on the stroke of half-time when Jesper Drost’s attempt deflected off team-mate Joost Broerse and almost caught Maenpaa unaware, but the shot-stopper kept it out.
Zwolle started the second half brightly, and should have taken the lead as Bram van Polen charged past Niels Fleuren and crossed to Drost, but his effort went wide. Moments later, Zwolle’s leading goalscorer Denni Avdic had a chance to net the opener, but he failed to hit the target with his headed attempt.
Avdic had another chance to find the net in the dying seconds, but Maenpaa caught the striker’s header with ease as the score remained level.
TWENTE 2-0 ADO
Twente returned to the top of the league on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over ten-man ADO Den Haag.
Steve McClaren’s side attacked from the early stages and almost went a goal up after just seven minutes when Douglas’s cross was met by Leroy Fer, but the midfielder’s header sailed over.
Fer threatened once again when he forced Gino Coutinho into a save from a Tadic free-kick; the youngster followed it up and pounced on the rebound, but the goalkeeper again got the better of him.
Then, Tadic came close to scoring from a free-kick but his effort went just over the bar.
ADO found themselves a man down early after the restart when Tjaronn Chery was shown a straight red card for a two-footed stamp on Robbert Schilder.
The Enschede side took the lead five minutes later when Dmitry Bulykin squared to Tadic who tucked it past Coutinho.
Bulykin made it 2-0 after 83 minutes, collecting a Fer pass and recovering from a poor first touch to knock it into the net as Twente returned to the top of the Eredivisie.
WILLEM II 3-1 HEERENVEEN
Willem II narrowed the gap between them and the rest of the pack with a vital win over Heerenveen, only their second of the season.
Ramon Zomer almost found the opener when he brought the ball down inside the box and blasted it towards goal. His shot struck the post and bounced off Willem II goalkeeper David Meul on its way out for a corner.
The first goal of the game came after 17 minutes when Virgil Misidjan sent in a fantastic cross which sailed over the wall and into the top corner past Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Misidjan almost scored a second free-kick later on but Nordfeldt judged it well and palmed it out.
Alfred Finnbogason equalised for Marco van Basten’s men, blasting into the roof of the net when a corner fell perfectly for him.
Hans Mulder restored Willem II’s lead with a thunderous strike from 25 yards out as Misidjan passed back to him, setting him up perfectly.
It got worse for Heerenveen when Jeffrey Gouweleeuw received his marching orders when he kicked substitute Genaro Snijders.
The hosts put the game to bed when Aurelien Joachim drove towards goal and put it through the Heerenveen goalkeeper’s legs to make it 3-1.
FEYENOORD 2-0 RKC
Feyenoord made sure they remained within four points of the league leaders with a deserved 2-0 win over RKC.
Jordy Clasie was presented with a fantastic opportunity to give Feyenoord an early lead as Joris Mathijsen sent a long ball to Graziano Pelle in the RKC danger area, and the striker nodded it back to Clasie whose effort was kept out by Jeroen Zoet.
The young midfielder had another chance to put his side ahead after 12 minutes. Pelle sent Boetius through on goal but the winger went to ground under Zoet’s challenge. Clasie pounced on the loose ball and fired towards goal, but he was denied on the goal-line.
The lead came on the stroke of half-time when Clasie’s diagonal ball was met by Pelle whose looping header flew into the net.
Pelle got his second of the game after 57 minutes when Schaken charged down the wing and sent it onto the box. RKC failed to clear the danger and it fell to the striker who buried it comfortably.
AJAX 3-1 PSV
Ajax increased their current winning streak to four games as they beat PSV 3-1 in the Amsterdam ArenA.
Frank de Boer’s side dominated from kick-off and came close to opening the scoring inside the first 10 minutes. Christian Eriksen sent a corner into the middle of the area, which was knocked towards goal by Toby Alderweireld, but his header smacked the bar.
Viktor Fischer then had an opportunity when he received a pass inside the box and hit a shot, but it curled just wide.
With the hosts completely on top, a goal seemed imminent, and so it came on the half-hour mark when Eriksen’s corner was headed past Boy Waterman by Siem de Jong.
PSV equalised 10 minutes before the break when Jeremain Lens played a one-two with Dries Mertens before losing Ricardo Van Rhijn, and curling it into the far corner.
The second half was more of an even battle than the first, as spectators were treated to end-to-end football.
Lens had a golden opportunity to make it to 2-1 to PSV when he beat the offside trap to go one-on-one with Vermeer. The forward had plenty of time to pick his spot, and he knocked it past the goalkeeper but, unfortunately for him, it also rolled past the post.
PSV paid the price for the sloppiness up front as Ajax hit the net with their next attack. Fischer went on a lovely run down the right side before squaring to Hoesen in the six-yard box for the striker to tap past Waterman.
Ajax soon killed the game off, and it was Fischer with a well deserved goal as he latched onto a terrible Mertens header and rounded the goalkeeper before tapping it in.
NEC 1-1 NAC
NAC sit just two points from the relegation zone after they lost a one-goal lead to draw with NEC on Sunday.
The game got off to a slow start with neither side creating many chances. The home side began to open up after the opening 30 minutes and Melvin Platje was the first to threaten with a fantastic strike which beat NAC goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar, but bounced off the bar.
From then on, Alex Pastoor’s side started to press more and came close again through Platje, who was denied by Ten Rouwelaar, and then when Michel Breuer rose to meet Leroy George’s cross, but the defender’s header was too weak to beat the NAC shot-stopper.
The visitors took the lead after 59 minutes as the Nijmegen side’s defence failed to clear an Elson Hooi cross and Anthony Lurling pounced on the loose ball and put it into the bottom corner.
More poor defending lead to the game’s second goal as the ball bounced around the box before Platje tapped it over the line for a late equaliser as the points were shared between the two sides.
GRONINGEN 2-0 HERACLES
A 2-0 victory over Heracles saw Groningen leapfrog the Almelo club as they moved up to ninth place in the league.
Groningen set out to defend from the early stages as they were cautious of the attacking potency of their opponents. However, Heracles refused to commit too many men forward as they looked to avoid the counter attacks and failed to create many chances themselves.
Robert Maaskant's men were angry not to be awarded a penalty after 25 minutes when Marko Vejinovic seemed to push Groningen frontman David Texeira in the back but the referee waved away the claims from the home team.
Shortly afterwards, Texeira scuppered a chance as he opted to have a shot on goal himself instead of squaring to Michael de Leeuw, failing to find the net in the process.
The hosts were lucky to go ahead on the hour mark when De Leeuw whipped a cross into the middle. Heracles defender Vejinovic attempted to clear the danger but ended up blasting it into his own net.
Groningen made it 2-0 just three minutes later when De Leeuw controlled Emil Johansson’s long free-kick and rolled it past Remko Pasveer.
Things got worse for the visitors as Vejinovic’s disastrous display was capped off with a red card deep in injury time.
UTRECHT 2-1 AZ
AZ are now five games without a win in the Eredivisie after they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Utrecht.
The home team were lucky not to go down to 10 men inside the first 10 seconds as Mike van der Hoorn elbowed Viktor Elm, but the referee didn't take any action.
Utrecht created many chances in the first-half with Jacob Mulenga and Tommy Oar threatening, but with no success and Alexander Gerndt came closest with a shot which struck the post.
Gerndt was replaced at half-time by Leon de Kogel who opened the scoring within three minutes of the restart with a header from a Mark van der Maarel cross.
The lead was short lived, however, as Utrecht ‘keeper Robbin Ruiter misjudged an Adam Maher cross and it fell to Etienne Reijnen, who was there to put it into the net.
Jacob Mulenga stole the three points for Utrecht in remarkable fashion as he caught onto a poor clearance and volleyed it straight into the top corner to make it 2-1 to Jan Wouters’s side.
AZ pressed forward in search of the equaliser and had many opportunities to ensure they left the Galgenwaard with a point. Steven Berghuis had the clearest of chances but he couldn’t beat Ruiter.
VITESSE 3-0 RODA JC
Vitesse are now even on points with league leaders Twente, with only goal difference separating the two sides, as the hosts beat Roda 3-0 at the Gelredome.
Marco van Ginkel gave the Arnhem side the lead after just 10 minutes with a blast from the edge of the penalty area which flew past Filip Kurto.
Wilfried Bony and Gael Kakuta were both denied by Kurto before Vitesse doubled their advantage three minutes before half-time when Bony put Jonathan Reis through on goal and the striker rounded the Roda goalkeeper and knocked it in.
Vitesse kicked up a gear after Roda threatened from a counter attack, while Patrick van Aanholt smacked the bar and Reis saw an effort miss the target completely, before he killed the game off after 62 minutes to put his team within a goal of top spot.