The table-topper and the Eindhoven giant both picked up the three points, while the reigning champion also recorded a victory.
|Friday NOVEMBER 25
||Sunday NOVEMBER 27
|AZ - Utrecht
||2-0||RKC - Feyenoord
|Saturday NOVEMBER 26
||Excelsior - ADO Den Haag
|NAC - Heerenveen||2-2||NEC - Ajax
|Roda - Heracles||3-1||Twente - Vitesse
|VVV - De Graafschap
|PSV - Groningen
There was little the veteran goalkeeper could do about Elm's sweetly struck free kick in the 67th minute though as the Sweden international bend his shot over the wall and into the top corner.
Substitute Johan Gudmunsson then put the match to bed in the closing stages of the game when he hammered home from the edge of the area to make it two for AZ.
NAC had several chances to break the deadlock via Alex Schalk, but the young striker's sloppy finishing meant Heerenveen went one up against the run of play in the 31st minute. Only minutes after Bas Dost's goal was wrongly disallowed, Filipe Djuricic showed his class as he rounded the goalkeeper after a long run from midfield before slotting home.
The home side wasn't impressed and Anthony Lurling restored parity after a superb through pass from Robbert Schilder, before an own goal from Ramon Zomer in the 45th minute gifted NAC the lead.
Heerenveen took over the initiative after the break and deservedly leveled the scoring again on the hour mark. The NAC defense allowed Daryl Janmaat too much space and the fullback didn't hesitate as he surprised Jelle ten Rouwelaar with a low shot from 25 yards out.
Roda maintained its 100 percent record against Heracles as the club recorded its eighth win in eight encounters against the Almelo side.
The home side was lucky not to concede the opener when Willie Overtoom's long range strike came back off the crossbar halfway through the second half, but the team fought back after the interval as Mads Junker helped the home side to the lead after a good pass from Mitchell Donald.
Junker doubled his personal tally only minutes later when he again found the net, this time after good work from Adil Ramzi.
Overtoom pegged one back in the 76th minute when he converted a spot kick, but Sanharib Malki restored Roda's two-goal lead minutes later to help the team to the full three points.
VVV started the match the slightly better of the two and deservedly went 1-0 up in the 17th minute when Michael Uchebo headed home from close range after good work from Yanic Wildschut.
De Graafschap dominated play after the interval though and Rydell Poepon netted the equalizer in the 74th minute when he volleyed home a cross from the left. Yuri Rose then poured even more misery on the home team in the closing stages of the game when he tapped home from close range.
A well taken free kick from Mertens then doubled PSV's lead before Zakaria Labyad took advantage of some shocking defending from the visiting side and made it three with a left-footed shot from inside the area.
Hardly out of the dressing rooms for the second half, PSV had already found the net again as Georginio Wijnaldum added his name to the scoresheet after a good combination with Labyad.
Nicklas Pedersen pegged one back for the home side shortly after following a good pass form Petter Andersson, but it was not Groningen's evening as Tim Matavz and Ola Toivonen made things even worse for the club in the remainder of the game.
Feyenoord then started pushing forward for the equalizer and got what it deserved in the 76th minute. John Guidetti went past his direct opponent before curling a left-footed shot past the RKC goalkeeper.
The Rotterdam giant even picked up the full three points as young winger Jerson Cabral beat the RKC goalie with a deflected shot in the dying minutes of the match.
||1-1||ADO Den Haag
The home side started the match brilliantly as target man Leen van Steensel found the net after hardly 60 seconds following some poor defender form ADO.
Nevertheless, the club was unable to keep all three points in Rotterdam as Jens Toornstra restored parity at the hour mark.
NAC defender Kevin Conboy almost leveled the scoring with a good header, but he aimed just wide and Ajax doubled its lead shortly after. Again Sulejmani beat NEC goalkeeper Gabor Babos after a corner from Janssen.
Promising youngster Davy Klaassen capped his Eredivisie debut by scoring a goal only seconds after coming off the bench. Christian Eriksen set up the attacking midfielder with a good through ball and Klaassen calmly placed the ball in the far corner.
Vitesse also came close on a number of occasions as Giorgi Chanturia, Wilfried Bony and Alexander Buttner could all have helped the visiting side to the full three points. Nevertheless, Nikolay Mihaylov wasn't too impressed with the shots fired at him and comfortably kept a clean sheet.