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FC Twente stay top of the league with a victory over RKC, whilst PSV Eindhoven come back to beat Zwolle and Vitesse Arnhem lose for the first time this season

UTRECHT
1 0 GRONINGEN

Groningen were left to rue their missed chances yet again this weekend as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Utrecht on Friday night.

Michael de Leeuw had several opportunities to put the visitors ahead, missing two clear chances in the first 30 minutes. Robert Maaskant will feel hard done by as his side should have been awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time when De Leeuw was brought down inside the box, but the referee ignored the appeals from the Groningen bench.

The hosts began to take control of the game after De Leeuw was substituted in the second-half and it was Nana Asare who scored the winning goal when he volleyed Alexander Gerndt’s cross into the bottom corner.

ADO
2 0 WILLEM II

Goals from Danny Holla and Mike van Duinen secured all three points for ADO as they beat 10-man Willem II 2-0 on Saturday.

Both sides had several opportunities to go ahead in the first-half with the most clear cut chance coming from ADO left-back Aaron Meijers. The defender tested David Meul inside the first minute with a shot from distance which the goalkeeper kept out with a fantastic, acrobatic save to his right hand side.

ADO began to take control of the match following the dismissal of Jordens Peters on the hour mark, when he pushed Tom Beugelsdijk inside the box and Holla stepped up and comfortably converted the resultant spot kick.

The hosts killed the game off with two minutes to spare when Meijers crossed to Van Duinen who tapped it past Meul.

NEC
0 0 RODA

NEC and Roda shared the spoils in a goalless draw at the Goffert Stadion.

Soren Rieks had the clearest opportunity of the first-half when he charged forward with the ball and unleashed a shot but Filip Kurto was able to deal with it.

Rick ten Voorde then almost capitalised on a Kurto blunder, but headed over the crossbar after the goalkeeper had spilled the original delivery.

Later, Michel Breuer was unlucky not to put the hosts ahead with a header from a corner which went just wide.

NEC went down to 10 men in the second-half when Kevin Conboy was shown a straight red card for a poor tackle on Davy De Beule.

Roda could not capitalise on their numerical advantage, however, as the game ended all square.

VVV
1 4 NAC

VVV Venlo remain rooted to the bottom of the table after suffering a 4-1 defeat to NAC Breda in which all five goals came during the first-half.

Kees Luijckx opened the scoring after eight minutes when he shook off his marker and met Danny Verbeek’s corner at the near post and diverted the ball home.

NAC’s then doubled their lead just before the half hour mark through Elson Hooi's header, following a fine cross from Sepp de Roover.

VVV halved the deficit three minutes later through a superb Uche Nwofor strike from distance. The visitors’ two goal advantage was soon restored though, as Hooi repaid the favour by cutting back to Verbeek who blasted it into the net.

Anthony Lurling killed the game off on the stroke of half-time when he caught Jeffrey Leiwakabessy in possession on the half way line and drove towards goal. The striker rounded the goalkeeper and finished to make it 4-1 to the visitors.

FEYENOORD
2 2 AJAX

The first Klassieker of the season lived up to expectations as Graziano Pelle netted a 90th minute winner to earn a point for Feyenoord against 10-man Ajax in De Kuip.

The game got off to a great start with both sides attacking straight from kick-off. The visitors began to take control of the game, however, and took the lead through Christian Eriksen as the youngster ran onto a pass from Ryan Babel and dribbled past Stefan de Vrij before slotting into the net.

Feyenoord drew level soon after when Wesley Verhoek whipped a dangerous delivery into the box. The cross evaded Lex Immers but debutant Jean-Paul Boetius was perfectly placed to pick up the loose ball and did well to squeeze it past Toby Alderweireld.

Siem de Jong restored the Eredivisie champions’ lead three minutes into the second-half, diverting Eriksen’s free-kick past Kostas Lamprou.

As with all matches between these sides, it was not without controversy, as Ajax soon found themselves a man down when Niklas Moisander received a second yellow card with 15 minutes remaining. The hosts increased the pressure and had opportunities to equalise through Pelle and Immers but were denied by Ajax stopper Kenneth Vermeer.

Ronald Koeman’s side’s persistence paid off, however, as Pelle brought down a Bruno Martins Indi ball inside the box and blasted it into the top corner to secure a point for the Rotterdam club.

RKC
0 1 TWENTE

Steve McClaren’s Twente ensured they stay top of the league for at least another week with a 1-0 victory over RKC.

The Enschede side dominated the match but were left frustrated in front of goal with Dusan Tadic missing two opportunities.

Tadic was not to be left wanting a third time, however, as he netted the only goal of the game when he latched onto the rebound of a Luc Castaignos shot and sent it past Jeroen Zoet.

Twente should have doubled their lead after half-time through Douglas, but the Brazilian-born centre-back saw two headers from corners miss the target.

Erwin Koeman will be frustrated that his side did not capitalise on their opponents’ sloppiness in front of goal, as Robert Braber had a great chance to level the score when Teddy Chevalier set him up perfectly but his shot sailed over the bar.

ZWOLLE
1 2 PSV

PSV avoided the shock of the weekend as they came back from a goal down to beat Zwolle 2-1.

After a goalless first-half, Zwolle took the lead 10 minutes into the second period as Rochdi Achenteh’s corner was headed past Boy Waterman by Joey van den Berg.

PSV began to take control late on as they went in search of the equaliser and it came with 15 minutes left through Timothy Derijck, who headed Atiba Hutchinson’s cross past Diederik Boer.

The Eindhoven side increased the pressure on Zwolle who eventually ran out of steam and Dick Advocaat’s side dealt the final, crushing blow just five minutes after pulling level. Tim Matavz forced Van den Berg into an error and the defender put it past his own goalkeeper.
HERACLES
6 3 HEERENVEEN

Heracles got the better of Heerenveen as they took all three points from Sunday’s nine-goal thriller, beating Marco van Basten’s men 6-3.

The visitors took the lead after just four minutes through Filip Djuricic, who headed Alfred Finnbogason’s cross past Remko Pasveer.

Heracles equalised when Samuel Armenteros brought down a long ball into the box and teed it up for Ninos Gouriye, who chipped it over Kristoffer Nordfeldt before Armenteros put the hosts ahead at the break.

Willie Overtoom got his first of three assists early in the second-half as he set up Everton, who made it 3-1 with a fantastic volley.

Heerenveen thought they had reduced the deficit to one goal again when Ramon Zomer put the ball in the net, but he was flagged for offside and shortly afterwards Gouriye grabbed his second of the game with the help of Overtoom.

Alfreo Finnbogason gave Heerenveen a fighting chance soon after with his seventh goal of the season, but Gouriye completed his hat-trick just four minutes later to make it 5-2.

With ten minutes remaining Finnbogason netted another, but again Peter Bosz’s side inflicted further damage on the visitors when Thomas Bruns made it 6-3 deep into injury time.

VITESSE
1 2 AZ

Vitesse were defeated for the first time this season as they lost 2-1 to AZ on Sunday.

The game got off to a very slow start with neither side taking control of the game. The match had been billed as a battle between the Eredivisie top scorers Wilfied Bony of Vitesse and AZ’s Jozy Altidore, but neither star was able to impose themselves on the match.

AZ took the lead five minutes before half-time as Donny Gorter’s perfectly weighted cross was headed into the net by Roy Beerens.

Vitesse came out fighting in the second period and immediately began to attack. Renato Ibarra and Bony both had chances inside the first five minutes but failed to find the net and Mike Havenaar sent an effort over the bar.

The equaliser did eventually come when Gael Kakuta found Marco van Ginkel at the back post with a low cross and the teenager tapped home to finish off the fantastic passing move which he began.

But, AZ managed to steal a winner with just two minutes left when Johann Berg Gudmundsson fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

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