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Goal.com recaps the action in the second week of the Dutch top flight in which Heerenveen and Feyenoord shared the spoils and AZ defeated Heracles


Eredivisie

Round 2 Results

League Table


PSV
5 0 RODA

Dick Advocaat’s side responded to their opening-day defeat with a hammering of the Kerkrade club.

The visitors looked strong in the opening stages of the game but it was PSV who took the lead after just 13 minutes through Kevin Strootman, as the midfielder rose unchallenged to meet Dries Mertens' free-kick and nod it into the bottom corner.

PSV’s lead was doubled early in the second half when a Mertens shot was deflected and fell in front of Ola Toivonen, who was able to divert it past Filip Kurto with his heel.

Jeremain Lens made it 3-0 with a strike that struck Abel Tamata on its way into the back of the net and three minutes later the attacker netted again after a terrific surge down the right wing.

A delightful one-two between Georginio Wijnaldum and Tim Matavz set up the former, who as able to knock it past Kurto to make it 5-0 to cap off a fantastic home debut for Advocaat.

 

NAC
0 1 TWENTE

Steve McClaren’s Twente recorded a comfortable, yet narrow victory over NAC Breda on Saturday night to remain top of the league.

The Enschede club squandered a host of opportunities in the first-half with Dusan Tadic, Andreas Bjelland, Roberto Rosales and Wout Brama all failing to open the scoring.

The first goal came after 51 minutes when Leroy Fer drifted unnoticed towards the front post to head a Tadic corner into the net with ease.

Fer had two opportunities to extend his side’s lead moments later. Rosales picked him out in the box with a fantastic cross, but the midfielder’s header bounced over the bar. Soon after, he latched onto a terrible back pass from Eric Botteghin and rounded goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar, but could only hit the post from the tight angle.

Twente were lucky not to be punished for their missed chances when some late pressure led to an injury-time Danny Verbeek shot which bounced off Douglas and rolled just wide, but the visitors held on for the three points.


ZWOLLE
0 1 VITESSE

Zwolle’s first Eredivisie match at home in eight years didn’t go according to plan as they succumbed to a defeat at the hands of Vitesse.

The visitors got off to a good start as they piled the pressure on the hosts from very early on. The first goalscoring opportunity fell to defender Guram Kashia as Bart van Hintum blocked a Marco van Ginkel header and followed it up to prevent Kashia’s shot from hitting the back of the net.

Fred Benson and Giovanni Gravenbeek both had chances to put Zwolle ahead but neither could find the target.

Then, defender Bram van Polen came close with a shot from the edge of the area which Piet Velthuizen was able to just tip over the bar.

Mike Havenaar was unlucky not to find the net after 52 minutes as his volley had beaten Zwolle shot-stopper Leon ter Wielen, but was cleared off the line by Van Hintum.

The opening goal came 10 minutes later when Renato Ibarra was sent through on goal by a perfectly-weighted Van Ginkel pass and the Ecuadorian slotted past ter Wielen to decide the game in Vitesse's favour.

 

VVV
1 3 UTRECHT

Utrecht came back from a goal down to record their first win of the season against VVV.

The home side had the better of chances early on and took the lead after 26 minutes when Utrecht failed to shut down Yanic Wildschut, who advanced towards goal before unleashing a low shot from the edge of the area which went into the bottom corner.

Utrecht equalised towards the end of the opening 45 minutes when Mark van der Maarel found Nana Asare unmarked at the backpost and the midfielder fired home with his left-foot.

The visitors went ahead four minutes into the second period when a corner caused chaos in the VVV box and Cedric van der Gun tapped home after the ball had fallen nicely for him after a series of deflections.

With Utrecht controlling the game, they began to create more chances and were able to kill the game off around the hour mark when Alexander Gerndt latched onto an Adam Sarota through-ball and knocked it around the Niki Maenpaa and lifted it into the net.

 

FEYENOORD
1 1 HEERENVEEN

The first managerial clash between Ronald Koeman and Marco van Basten ended all square as the hosts came from behind to secure a point after going down to 10 men.

Debutant Joris Mathijsen almost gave Feyenoord the lead in the first 20 minutes but his shot was saved by Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

The visitors also had the chance to grab the opener as Pele van Anholt fired a shot towards goal which was saved by Erwin Mulder.

But the opening goal didn’t come until late in the second half as Mathijsen’s bright debut in a Feyenoord jersey took a turn for the worst with 15 minutes remaining.

The veteran defender brought down Filip Djuricic inside the box and the Serbian was able to convert the resulting spot-kick.

Heerenveen’s lead only lasted six minutes, however, as Ruben Schaken came to the rescue for Koeman’s men as he drove through the defence before slamming the ball into the net to earn his side a point.


 

GRONINGEN
1 1 WILLEM II

Groningen dominated the game right from the first whistle, immediately piling pressure on Willem's goal with a series of crosses into the box.

Zeefuik came very close to opening the scoring when a cross was headed down to him in front of goal but the goalkeeper was quick to come off his line and block the shot.

The first goal came after 26 minutes when Kees Kwakman's diagonal cross found Mitchell Schet, who knocked it across the face of goal for David Texeira to head it over the line.

Willem II offered very little going forward in the first half, with Marc Hocher providing the only attacking threat when he collected the ball outside the box and blasted towards Luciano Da Silva, but his effort flew wide of the target.

The visitors looked much brighter in the second period and managed to level the scoring after Hocher played a neat one-two with Hans Mulder on the edge of the area and then fired past Da Silva to secure his team a share of the spoils.

 

AZ
3 1 HERACLES

Gertjan Verbeek’s side completely exposed the defensive frailties of Heracles as they strolled to their first victory of the new campaign.

Both sides started well and showed their attacking intent but it wasn’t long before the hosts began to exploit their opponents’ weaknesses.

Jozy Altidore and Erik Falkenburg both found themselves in great goalscoring positions but neither could find the target.

However, it was Altidore who eventually found the net when Roy Beerens’s cross found him at the back post and the American was able to head it in.

Heracles were unlucky not to have equalised shortly afterwards when a corner fell for Ben Rienstra, whose header hit the bar and bounced off the line before it was cleared.

Maarten Martens then doubled AZ’s lead when a fantastic passing move led to Adam Maher setting up the Belgian, who calmly slotted past Pasveer. 

Heracles found a way back into the match late in the second period when Samuel Armenteros flew in to head a Luis Pedro cross into the net but Altidore killed the game off in injury time with a lovely individual run before tucking the ball into the bottom corner. 

 

ADO DEN HAAG
2 2 RKC

RKC failed to build on their opening-day victory over PSV as they were held to a draw by ADO Den Haag.

Teddy Chevalier gave the visitors the lead inside the first 15 minutes when he met Robert Braber's cross to beat Gino Coutinho.

Less than four minutes later, however, it was all square as Vito Wormgoor found the net with a spectacular volley.

RKC were forced to play the final quarter of the game with 10 men when Sigourney Bandjar picked up a second yellow card, but Erwin Koeman’s side managed to restore their lead and looked to have secured the three points with Chevalier’s second of the game after 89 minutes.

But ADO had other plans as they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area two minutes into stoppage time, which Danny Holla stepped up and curled into the top corner.

Holla almost stole the win for his side in the dying seconds when he stepped up for another free-kick in a similar spot but this time his effort struck the post and ADO were forced to settle for a draw.

 

NEC
1 6 AJAX

Ajax strolled to a 6-1 victory over a NEC side which put up very little resistance.

The goals flew in for the Eredivisie champions, with Jody Lukoki the first to find the net after 13 minutes of play when Lasse Schone’s pass found the 19-year-old in acres of space down the right side of the pitch, allowing the winger to charge forward and slammed the ball home.

Christian Eriksen made it 2-0 three minutes later when Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer played a long ball up the park that fell for the young Dane, who dribbled past Gabor Babos and rolled it over the line.

New signing Tobias Sana was next to get on the scoresheet as he capitalised on some awful defending. The 23-year-old beat the offside trap to latch onto a long pass and go one-on-one with Babos, sending the ball looping over the shot stopper and into the net.

Theo Janssen made it 4-0 just before half-time when he collected the ball and drove towards goal before smashing it in from distance.  

Siem de Jong was very lucky to grab a fifth for Ajax as Eriksen's poor first touch surrendered possession to Michel Breuer, whose clearance bounced off of the attacker and in.

Substitute Bram Nuytinck managed to pull one back for Alex Pastoor’s men when Breuer headed across for the defender to grab a consolation goal.

After being put through on goal with a delightful pass from Eriksen, De Jong squared it to Sana, who inflicted further humiliation on the Nijmegen club with his second of the game.


 

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