The reigning champions failed to grab all three points at home, with their main title rivals winning in style elsewhere
Round 8 Results
|NEC extended their winless run to five games following the Nijmegen outfit's 1-1 draw at home to ADO Den Haag.
A tepid first half saw neither side forge opportunities of note, with both teams unsuccessfully vying for control of the midfield.
Leroy George opened the scoring for the hosts minutes after the interval, curling a free-kick from the edge of the area into the top corner and past a helpless Robert Zwinkels. The visitors leveled matters just 10 minutes later, when Mike van Duinen capitalised on a shambolic clearance from the home defence to seal his side's third win in as many games.
|A six-goal thriller saw the spoils shared in Arnhem on Saturday with Vitesse and Heerenveen playing out an enthralling draw.
A Wilfried Bony hat-trick was not enough to seal the win for the ambitious hosts, who were pegged back on three occasions.
Alfred Finnbogason gave the visitors the lead heading into half-time, and struck again just past the hour mark. The threatening Bony was on hand to draw Vitesse level on both occasions however, pulling his side back into the tie with composed finishes on both occasions. Sven Kums appeared to seal the win in the 74th minute, only for Bony to make the most of timid contact inside the area five minutes later and convert the resultant spot kick.
Vitesse now find themselves in third place, while Heerenveen are yet to take off under Marco van Basten, sitting in 13th.
|Willem II secured three valuable points at home to RKC Waalwijk, lifting the Brabant side to 15th in the table.
The southern derby failed to live up to its billing, and a moment of class from Aurelien Joachim was enough to separate the two sides. The Luxembourg international curled home a fine effort past Jeroen Zoet, to net what would prove to be the winning goal after RKC failed to find a way back into the tie.
|Heracles Almelo recorded a resounding victory over PEC Zwolle on Saturday, putting three goals past the recently promoted side.
Samuel Armenteros opened the scoring as early as the 14th minute - the Swede confidently converting from close range.
The visitors were dominant for large spells of the match but failed to put the result beyond the hosts until the second half. Ninos Gouriye bagged his third Eredivisie goal of the season in the 68th minute, before deftly chipping past Danny Wintjens to seal the victory 13 minutes later.
The win sees Heracles climb to ninth, while Zwolle continue to linger in the lower realms of the standings.
|Ajax failed to bounce back from their midweek trouncing at the hands of Real Madrid on Sunday, stuttering to a 1-1 draw against Utrecht.
The reigning champions had failed to win against the visitors in the sides' last four league meetings, but appeared to continue the trend set by their recent 3-0 KNVB Cup victory over the Domstedelingen when Ryan Babel opened the scoring in the 6th minute.
The visitors continued to threaten for large spells however, and punished the Amsterdam side for failing to extend their lead in the 51st minute. The debuting Fabian Sporkslede put the ball past his own keeper, after Anouar had sent a dangerous delivery into the area. Neither side managed to find a winner despite numerous chances on both ends, and Ajax now find themselves five points off league leaders Twente.
|The round's second southern derby saw Roda run out comfortable victors over VVV, who now sit rock bottom of the league.
Poor defensive marking on a Roda corner allowed Sanharib Malki to open the scoring 33 minutes in. Mark-Jan Fledderus doubled his side's lead shortly after the break, putting the result beyond the hapless visitors. A rocketing long range effort from Malki in the 71st minute rounded off a convincing victory for the Kerkrade outfit, a result which sees them climb to 14th in the standings.
|Groningen squandered the opportunity to seal three valuable points on Sunday, succumbing to a late equaliser from visiting Feyenoord.
The Rotterdammers grabbed an early lead courtesy of Sekou Cisse nine minutes in, but Leandro Bacuna was on hand to draw the hosts level just five minutes later.
Feyenoord were soon reduced to 10 men, with Terence Kolongo picking up two needless bookings in the opening 20 minutes. The visitors continued to search for a second goal despite their numerical disadvantage, but were pegged back on the stroke of half-time when Maikel Kieftenbeld's long range effort found the back of Kostas Lamprou's net.
The hosts appeared to be heading for a victory, but a 90th minute tap-in from Bruno Martens Indi salvaged a point for Feyenoord, who now find themselves in 5th place.
|Twente solidified their positions atop the Eredvisie table with a comfortable victory over AZ on Sunday.
The Tukkers opened the scoring in the 20th minute despite early pressure from the visitors, Nacer Chadli cooly converting a Edison Braafheid delivery on the half volley.
AZ were dealt a hammer blow when star performers Adam Maher and Jozy Altidore were dismissed early in the second half, the former for lashing out at Roberto Rosales and the latter for continuous protests to his team-mate's dismissal.
A penalty from Dusan Tadic on the hour mark sealed the result for the hosts, with Luc Castaignos grabbing a third for his side two minutes later.
|PSV headed into the international break with a thumping victory over NAC Breda, continuing their fine form following their midweek hammering of Napoli.
Jeremain Lens opened the scoring in the 23th minute, the Netherlands international latching onto a Kevin Strootman through-ball and beating both his marker and the NAC keeper en route to the opener. The Dutchman was again instrumental in his side's second on the stroke of half-time, setting up Ola Toivonen to all but seal the win for the Boeren.
The hosts continued to pressure the visitors after the interval, and found their third goal in the 56th minute. Lens teed up skipper Mark van Bommel, who converted in style. Substitute Georgiano Wijnaldum rounded off the victory in the 85th minute, with Lens again the provider.