Eredivisie Round 17 Results: PSV stutter as Twente seal late win
The league leaders failed to grab a win away to NEC, with just two points now separating first from fourth as Ajax overcame Willem II and AZ emerged triumphant against Zwolle
By Renger Dotinga
Ajax, Den Haag, FC Zwolle, Feyenoord, Groningen, Heerenveen, Heracles Almelo, NAC, NEC, PSV, Roda, Twente, Utrecht, Vitesse, VVV-Venlo, Waalwijk, Willem II, FC Zwolle vs Alkmaar, Groningen vs VVV-Venlo, Utrecht vs Heerenveen, Vitesse vs Waalwijk, Twente vs Heracles Almelo, Roda vs NAC, NEC vs PSV, Feyenoord vs Den Haag, Willem II vs Ajax
TWENTE 3-2 HERALCES
The visitors took an early lead through Marko Vejinovic, with the midfielder curling a well-taken free kick past a stranded Sander Boschker. The hosts were quick to respond in the 26th minute, when star winger Nacer Chadli drew his side level.
The Tukkers made it two on the hour mark, with Edwin Gyasi beating the impressive Remko Pasveer in the Heracles goal, doing well to find space after being put through cleverly by Luc Castaignos. The hosts' celebrations were short-lived however, as Thomas Bruns leveled the match just two minutes after with a classy effort.
But Twente were not to be denied, and former Feyenoord and Inter striker Luc Castaignos grabbed a 70th minute winner for the Tukkers. The substitute was set up by a composed Chadli centre, and responded by converting from close range.
ZWOLLE 1-2 AZ
AZ claimed a much-needed victory over Zwolle on Saturday, bringing an end to a six-game streak without a win.
The Alkmaar side grabbed the early initiative, with a first-half brace from Jozy Altidore putting Gert-Jan Verbeek's men ahead. First, the American forward capitalised on a shambolic piece of defending from Gerard Aafjes in the second minute, before adding a second on the half-hour mark, with neat interplay between Roy Beerens and Adam Maher allowing the 23-year old to complete his double.
Zwolle were unable to recover after the interval, despite halving their deficit shortly after the break. Denni Avdicdid well to latch on to a delivery on the end of a well-executed attack, but the Swede's efforts would ultimately be in vain as AZ held on to seal the three points.
GRONINGEN 0-0 VVV
Leandro Bacuna was dismissed just six minutes into the game, with an unwarranted and rash foul from the Dutchman resulting in his marching orders.
The hosts refused to sit deep and settle for a draw however, but were strongly limited by their numerical disadvantage. The northern side were unable to find a breakthrough, and maintained their defensive composure to keep out an attacking VVV outfit.
RODA 0-0 NAC
The hosts enjoyed a handful of chances early on, but Jelle ten Rouwelaar was on hand to deny the Kerkrade side on each occasion. The only chance for the visitors came the way of Kees Luyckx, but he too was denied an opener by solid goalkeeping.
The quality of play in the second half exposed the reasons for both sides' low league position, with neither outfit able to carve out significant chances. The closing stages saw both sides accept a draw, leaving Roda in 17th place and the visitors one above their hosts.
NEC 1-1 PSVPSV stuttered to a 1-1 draw away to NEC on Saturday, losing slight ground in the title race, with Twente winning elsewhere.
The Eindhoven side got off to a good enough start, taking an early lead through Mathias 'Zanka' Jorgensen, who was on hand to head home off of a corner in the tenth minute, leaving Khalid Sinouh stranded on the NEC goal-line.
The league leaders were unable to extend their lead however, with Jeremain Lens and Georginio Wijnaldum each spurning noteworthy chances before the break. Leroy George wasted a precious opportunity for the hosts as half-time approached, with the midfielder firing directly at Boy Waterman from yards out.
An entertaining second-half saw both sides forge chances to find the net, with both Lens and George spurning further openings. PSV were made to pay for their wastefulness 10 minutes from time, when Victor Palsson bagged a deserved equaliser from just outside the area.
The draw sees PSV retain top spot in the Eredivisie, but are now level on points with Twente.
UTRECHT 3-1 HEERENVEEN
The Frisians were the stronger side in the first half, with Filip Djuricic, Alfred Finnbogason and Rajiv la Parra all testing, but failing to beat, Utrecht stopper Robin de Ruiter. Lukas Marecek was arguably the opening half's most threatening player, but the Czech was unable to find a breakthrough for the visitors.
Utrecht came out of the break with attacking intent, and opened the scoring through the hugely influential substitute Leon de Kogel, who rifled home in the 68th minute to put his side ahead, before Jacob Mulenga's missed penalty fell to the striker to add a second just two minutes after.
Heerenveen then pulled one back in the 78th minute when Alfred Finnbogason converted from the spot to hand his side a lifeline. Marco van Basten's side failed to push on however, and Jacob Mulenga made amends for his saved penalty with a late goal to end the northern side's hopes of a revival.
VITESSE 2-2 RKCVitesse slipped to fourth place in the standings after failing to beat RKC at home on Sunday.
The high-flying Arnhem side took an early lead through the prolific Wilfried Bony, with the Ivorian forward heading home on the end of a well-executed attack. He and Theo Janssen both spurned chances to double their side's lead before the break, with RKC failing to capitalise on their hosts' wastefulness with some sloppy build-up play.
The game appeared to be decided in favour of Vitesse until a frenzied closing exchange saw the spoils shared. Teddy Chevalier drew the visitors level in the 78th minute, only to see Simon Cziommer put his side back ahead minutes later. The visitors were not to be denied a point however, with Sander Duits grabbing a deserved equaliser deep into injury time.
FEYENOORD 3-2 ADOAn entertaining southern derby saw Feyenoord grab a narrow vin over ADO Den Haag, with a late own goal from the visitors handing the Kuip side all three points.
Graziano Pelle put the hosts ahead as early as the 15th minute, only for Mike van Duinen to level proceedings seconds later. An open encounter eventually saw Feyenoord head into the interval with the lead, after former ADO midfielder Lex Immers grabbed a second for his side from the penalty spot.
The advantage was again short-lived however, with Holla on hand to equalise in the 57th minute. Netherlands international Bruno Martins Indi was handed his marching orders after denying an ADO man a goalscoring chance, and the Dutchman was on hand to convert the resultant spot-kick.
The match appeared to be headed for a draw, but a late own goal from Tjaronn Chery decided the tie in favour of Feyenoord, who now find themselves just three points off the league summit
WILLEM II 2-4 AJAXAjax were made to work for a win away to lowly Willem II on Sunday, despite having rushed into an early lead.
Siem de Jong and Danny Hoesen had the Amsterdam side cruising with just fifteen minutes played, but a fight-back from the hosts saw the 18th placed side head into the break on level terms. Aurelien Joachim pulled one back just moments after Hoesen had added a second for Ajax, before former Genaro Snijders equalised against his former club on the half-hour mark.
Ajax continued to dominate proceedings in the second half, but failed to reclaim their lead until the 72nd minute through Niklas Moisander. The Finn was on hand to tap home a well-taken corner from the impressive Christian Eriksen, before Jody Lukoki sealed the win with a composed finish minutes from time.
Bruno Martins Indi
Stefan de Vrij
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- Penalty Save
- Penalty Shootout Goal
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- Goal.com Rating
- Goal.com Man of the Match
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- Top & Flop Global Ranking
- Fans' Man of the Match
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