Eredivisie Round 7 Results: Ajax beat Twente as Vitesse close gap at the top recaps the seventh round of fixtures in the Dutch top flight, in which teenager Jurgen Locadia netted a debut hat-trick for PSV and Zwolle picked up their first win


Round 7 Results

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2 0 NAC

Heerenveen picked up their first league victory under Marco van Basten on Saturday as they beat NAC 2-0 at the Abe Lenstra Stadion.

Alfred Finnbogason gave the hosts the lead inside the first 10 minutes when he played a lovely one-two with Filip Djuricic before coolly slotting past NAC goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar.

Daniel de Ridder made it 2-0 with five minutes left in the first-half, as Sven Kums collected the ball from a short corner and sent it into the box for the forward to divert into the net.

NAC came out fighting after the break and Nemanja Gudelj had a great opportunity to reduce the visitors’ deficit with a header, but Heerenveen goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt was able to keep it out with a fine save.

John Karelse’s side thought they should have had a penalty when Ramon Zomer looked to have handled the ball inside the Heerenveen box, but the referee waved away the protests of the away side.

NAC dominated the remainder of the half but could not penetrate the hosts’ defence as Van Basten recorded a much needed first win as Heerenveen boss.


5 1 NEC

A Lex Immers hat-trick and two goals from Graziano Pelle gave Feyenoord a 5-1 win over a poor NEC side on Saturday.

Feyenoord were by far the better team and had several opportunities to break the deadlock before taking the lead after 16 minutes, when Daryl Janmaat’s cross was headed past Gabor Babos by Pelle.

NEC midfielder Evander Sno, who suffered a heart attack just two years ago, had to be substituted 35 minutes into the game when he went down to his knees holding his chest.

Shortly after, Ronald Koeman’s side doubled their lead when Pelle and Janmaat combined again with the striker slipping in behind the defenders to meet the right-back’s fantastic through ball and then sliding it into the net.

The Rotterdam club were awarded a penalty two minutes into the second-half when Geert Arend Roorda brought down Immers in the box and it was the former ADO star who sent the spot kick into the net.

NEC pulled a goal back soon after when Kevin Conboy sent a cross into the box which was met by Soren Rieks, who slotted home inside the six-yard box.

Immers restored Feyenoord’s three-goal lead just past the hour mark when he rose to meet Ruben Schaken’s cross and headed home. The 26-year-old completed his hat-trick 20 minutes later, knocking Jordy Clasie’s high free-kick cross past Babos to make it 5-1 to Feyenoord.



Vitesse maintained the pressure on league leaders Twente with another victory as they beat Utrecht 2-1 on Saturday night.

Fred Rutten’s side were very poor in the first-half as Utrecht came close to breaking the deadlock through Tommy Oar and Alexander Gerndt, but neither could hit the back of the net.

Vitesse began to open up after half-time and nearly took the lead after 53 minutes through Jonathan Reis but the striker could only hit the bar.

The opening goal came just two minutes later, however, as the Arnhem side broke on the counterattack which ended with Wilfried Bony passing to Marco van Ginkel who sent it into the net.

Five minutes later, Bony combined with Reis down the wing before slotting past Robbin Ruiter to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Jacob Mulenga managed to claw one back for Jan Wouters’s side as he fired home from Gerndt’s cross.

Utrecht pinned Vitesse back in their own half for the remaining 20 minutes of the game, in a bid to build on the momentum Mulenga’s strike had given them, but they could not find the crucial goal.



Heracles and ADO Den Haag shared the spoils in a thrilling six -goal encounter at the Polman Stadion.

The visitors took the lead after just 11 minutes when a free-kick was sent into the Heracles box and fell to Lerin Duarte who, under pressure from Kenneth Omeruo, accidentally tapped it past Remko Pasveer and into his own net.

The referee later awarded three penalties in the space of 10 minutes. Willie Overtoom converted the two awarded to Heracles and Danny Holla stepped up to send ADO’s past Gino Coutinho to make it 2-2 at the half-hour mark.

Ninos Gouriye put the home side in the lead after 32 minutes when the ADO defence failed to clear a diagonal cross from a free kick and the 21-year-old slammed it into the back of the net.

Thomas Bruns came very close to making it 4-2 just a few moments later when an audacious attempt from distance flew past Coutinho but struck the post. Gouriye also came close once again before the break but his attempt went sailing over the bar.

ADO were able to capitalise on Heracles’s sloppiness in front of goal, as they found the equaliser midway through the second period when Holla’s free kick flew towards goal and past everyone, including Pasveer, and nestled in the bottom corner.



Christian Eriksen’s second-half strike was enough to give Ajax the three points as the reigning Eredivisie champions brought Twente’s 100% record to an end.

The Amsterdam club dominated the game from the very beginning but did not look like converting their possession into goals in the first period as they had just one shot on target in the opening 45 minutes. Eriksen sent a fantastic cross into Niklas Moisander who was standing in acres of space at the front post, but he failed to test Nikolay Mihaylov.

Dusan Tadic created Twente’s best opening of the first-half as he latched onto Robert Rosales’s diagonal pass into the box and sent it across the face of goal for Robbert Schilder, but the midfielder could not connect.

Ajax got off to a bright start in the second period but still could not find a way in behind the Twente backline. The Tukkers managed to absorb the pressure for the opening minutes before hitting them on the break but Luc Castaignos’s shot at the end of the move hit the side-netting.

Ajax eventually took the lead after 67 minutes when Moisander passed to Ryan Babel outside the box and the former Liverpool and Hoffenheim player teed it up for Eriksen who sent it past Mihaylov and into the bottom corner.

Twente began to fight back as they looked to get something from the side they have beaten only three times in the Amsterdam ArenA, but the reigning champions proved too strong and held onto their one goal lead.


3 3 RKC

AZ and RKC were involved in a six-goal thriller which saw both sides share the spoils on Sunday.

The match started brightly with four goals coming inside the opening half hour. Viktor Elm opened the scoring for the hosts after five minutes when he was afforded a free header at the near post to meet Adam Maher’s cross and divert it into the net.

Teddy Chevalier pulled RKC level with a superb strike from the edge of the area after latching onto Cuco Martina’s long ball over the AZ defence.

The hosts found themselves back in the lead after 24 minutes with a wonderful individual goal from Jozy Altidore, as he collected the ball in the middle of the RKC half and beat three defenders before smashing it past Jeroen Zoet.

AZ’s lead lasted just three minutes, however, as Rodney Sneijder’s free-kick bounced off the wall and fell to Frank van Mosselveld who put it in.

The away side went ahead early in the second-half through Henrico Drost with a header from a corner which flew into the net at great speed.

Erwin Koeman’s side looked to have done enough to take the three points home but Maher popped up four minutes from time when Altidore headed a long ball down to the young midfielder, who tucked it away to steal a point for his side.



A Bart van Hintum strike was enough to give Zwolle their first victory of the season as they beat fellow newly-promoted side Willem II.

Zwolle got off to a great start as they dominated the midfield and applied pressure on their opponents. Wiljan Pluim and Rochdi Achenteh both had opportunities to give Art Langeler’s side an early lead but were unable to hit the back of the net.

The visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Fred Benson went down inside the box, claiming he had been pulled to the ground, but the referee refused to award a spot-kick.

Plume had another chance to score the first goal of the game as his shot beat David Meul but was kept out by the post.

Zwolle’s dominance continued after the break and it took just one minute into the second-half for them to go ahead. Willem II defender Philipp Haastrup presented them with a fantastic opportunity as he brought Benson down outside the box and Van Hintum did well to send the resulting free kick into the back of the net.

Willem II began to open up later in the match and look to take a point from the game but were unable to beat the Zwolle backline.


3 2 RODA

Michael de Leeuw’s hat-trick made the difference between Groningen and Roda as his injury time strike stole a victory for Robert Maaskant’s side.

De Leeuw gave Groningen the lead after 17 minutes as he headed Virgil van Dijk’s cross past Filip Kurto.

Roda then found themselves down to ten men just a minute after going a goal behind when Tamas Kadar brought down Genero Zeefuik and was shown a straight red card.

The away side found the equaliser on the stroke of half time when Mark-Jan Fledderus sent a free kick into the net.

But De Leeuw struck again less than ten minutes into the second period, this time it was Maikel Kieftenbeld’s cross he diverted over the line.

Roda fought back, however, and Amin Affane was able to pull his side level with a fantastic move. The player on loan from Chelsea dribbled past three defenders before firing past Kurto and into the bottom corner.

The visitors did well to hold off the advances of Groningen but the hosts found the winner deep into stoppage time through De Leeuw.



Teenager Jurgen Locadia stole the show on Sunday as he netted a debut hat-trick to add to that of Dries Merten, as PSV fired six past VVV with no reply.

The 18-year-old came off the bench in the second-half and grabbed his first and second Eredivisie goals in the space of 11 minutes.

PSV were on top for the entire match and went ahead 23 minutes in through Mertens as he played a one-two with Ola Toivonen and blasted into the corner from the edge of the area.

The Belgian winger grabbed his second of the game after 13 minutes later with a delightful shot with the outside of his boot.

VVV went down to 10-men after 65 minutes when Uche Nwofor was shown his second yellow card of the game.

Locadia replaced Narsingh three minutes later and the youngster found his way onto the scoresheet shortly afterwards with some help from Toivonen.

Soon after, Mertens had made it 4-0 with his third goal of the game when he blasted it in off the post.

Locadia then inflicted further damage on VVV with his second and third goals coming inside the final 10 minutes, to make it six for the visitors.