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Ajax 3-0 NAC
The home side started the match the better side of the two and defender Jan Vertonghen opened the score after fifteen minutes of play. Eyong Enoh sent in a perfect cross and Vertonghen found the net with a superb header. Ajax continued to dominate play and a flash of brilliance from Mounir el Hamdaoui resulted in the 2-0. The NAC defenders allowed the Morocco star too much space and El Hamdaoui beat the Breda side's goalie with subtle chip. The guests were unable to fight back and Luis Suarez made things even worse for NAC when he made it three for the Godenzonen with a well taken free kick.
Utrecht 2-2 De Graafschap
Utrecht made a brilliant start to Saturday's match and picked up a comfortable 2-0 lead within twelve minutes. Centre-back Jan Wuytens opened the score with a strong header after a Dries Mertens corner-kick before forward Jacob Mulenga doubled his side's lead with a calm finish. However, the Superboeren didn't give up and Hugo Bargas pegged one back at the hour mark with a shot from the edge of the area. De Graafschap continued to push for the equalizer and they were rewarded for their hard work when Steve de Ridder helped the Doetinchem side to a draw with a late goal.
VVV 0-1 AZ
Both sides got several chances to break the deadlock, but sloppy finishing from both VVV and AZ seemed to result in a scoreless draw. Nevertheless, Italian striker Graziano Pelle decided different in the dying seconds of the match when he helped AZ to the full three points with a tap in from close range.
ADO Den Haag 2-1 Excelsior
The Residentieclub made a good start to the match, but Excelsior somewhat surprisingly opened the score only seconds before the interval. The referee awarded Excelsior a spot kick and Tim Vincken had no trouble finding the net from twelve yards. ADO weren't impressed too much though and Frantisek Kubik levelled the score again around the hour mark. Excelsior then lost Norichio Nieveld and Miquel Nelom with red cards before ADO Den Haag star Dmitry Bulykin netted the winner well into stoppage time to gift his side a deserved win.
Feyenoord 0-1 Twente
Feyenoord desperately needed a good result to stay clear of the drop zone and started the match with attacking intentions. The first big chance of the match was for Twente though, but Marc Janko only hit the cross-bar. Brazilian defender Douglas then almost gifted Feyenoord the lead with an own goal, but the centre-back was saved by the woodwork. Luuk de Jong then set up Denny Landzaat after the break and the former Feyenoord star netted the only goal of the match to keep Twente's title ambitions alive.
Groningen 1-0 Heerenveen
Neither of the two sides really managed to impress in the opening 45 minutes, but the second half started in spectacular fashion. Only one minute after the interval, Dusan Tadic sent in a perfect corner-kick for Andreas Granqvist and the Sweden international beat his marker to the ball before heading home. Heerenveen then took over the initiative, but the Friezen failed to seriously trouble Groningen goalie Luciano.
Roda 4-1 Vitesse
Vitesse looked very vulnerable at the back in Kerkrade and Roda took advantage of this around the hour mark. Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum scored the opener in the 31st minute after being set up by Rihairo Meulens and things got even worse for Vitesse only minutes later. Denmark star Mads Junker scored the 2-0 in the 32nd minute before doubling his personal tally only two minutes later. Vitesse simply lacked the class to figth back and highly rated midfielder Willem Janssen piled even more misery on the Arnhem side after the break. Julian Jenner did manage to score a consolation goal for Vitesse, but it was too little, too late, as Roda cruised to an easy win.
Willem II 2-4 PSV
PSV started the game brilliantly and opened the score after only three minutes of play via Hungary star Balazs Dzsudzsak. Many then expected an easy afternoon for the Eindhoven side, but young midfielder Andreas Landgren restored parity shortly after with a strong finish. The equalizer wasn't too much of a disappointment for PSV though, as Jeremain Lens scored the third goal of the match after a good run forward. An unfortunate own goal from Wilfred Bouma then made it 2-2, but star player Ibrahim Afellay scored a superb goal to restore his side's lead only seconds before the interval. Flamboyant attacker Jonathan Reis then decided the match shortly after the break when he found the net after a good individual action.
Heracles 3-2 NEC
The referee opted to award the home side a spot kick in the dying seconds of the first half and Cameroonian attacker Willy Overtoom had no trouble converting the penalty to gift Heracles a much needed lead. NEC were then reduced to ten man when the ref showed Erton Fejzullahu his second yellow card in the 65th minute. Brazilian attacker Everton then doubled Heracles' lead and the Almelo side appeared to be on their way to the full three points. However, NEC didn't give up and Lorenzo Davids pegged one back with fifteen more minutes to go. Playmaker Lasse Schone even levelled the score in the 80th minute when he converted a penalty. A late Sam Armenteros strike helped Heracles to victory after all though, much to the frustration of the guests.