Eredivisie Round-Up: PSV Held By Ajax, Twente Lose Against AZ

PSV, Ajax and Twente all spilled points at the weekend, thus allowing Groningen to climb to third spot in the table following their win over Feyenoord.

Excelsior 1
Twente 1 2 AZ
Vitesse 2 0 Heracles
De Graafschap 3 1 Roda
Ajax 0 0 PSV


Groningen 2 0 Feyenoord
Heerenveen 5 0 Willem II
ADO Den Haag 3 0 NAC
Utrecht 4

Excelsior 1-0 VVV

The Rotterdam side were unlucky to see two goals disallowed, but Excelsior weren't too disappointed and continued to dominate play. They were rewarded for their attacking intentions in the second half. VVV defender Patrick Paauwe fouled Guyon Fernandez inside the area, leaving the referee no other choice but to award the home side a spot kick. Tim Vincken failed to beat the VVV goalie, but Roland Bergkamp slotted home the rebound to help Excelsior to the full three points.

Twente 1-2 AZ

The reigning champions started the match the better side of the two and didn't need long to open the score. Wout Brama set up Marc Janko inside the area and the Austria international handed Luuk de Jong a huge chance with a clever pass. The Holland under-21 star didn't fail and slotted home from close range. Nevertheless, a needless foul from Douglas then turned things around. The referee dismissed the Brazilian defender for his cynical foul on Maarten Martens and Rasmus Elm fired home the following free kick. Against ten man, AZ took over the initiative and promising youngster Celso Ortiz helped the Alkmaarders to the full three points with a curled shot from the edge of the area.

Vitesse 2-0 Heracles

Vitesse dominated plat from the first whistle and opened the score after only five minutes of play. Winger Genaro Snijders went past his direct opponent down the left wing before setting up Davy Propper and the midfielder found the net after a superb individual action inside the Heracles box. Heracles were unable to trouble the Arnhem side's back line and Dalibor Stevanovic eventually put the match to bed in the dying minutes of the match after a brilliant through pass from Wiljan Pluim.

De Graafschap 3-1 Roda

The Superboeren immediately pushed Roda back in their own half and former Ajax starlet Rydell Poepon opened the score halfway the first half after a perfect cross from Steve de Ridder. Poepon doubled his side's lead only minutes later with yet another calm finish after being set up by Sjoerd Overgoor. Belgian attacker Stijn Huysegems then pegged one back for the Limburgers after a pass from Rihairo Meulens, but De Graafschap weren't impressed too much. Again Poepon went past three Roda defenders before beating the Roda goalie with a loew shot in the far corner.

Ajax 0-0 PSV

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Groningen 2-0 Feyenoord

The hosts deservedly picked up the lead after thirteen minutes of play. Dusan Tadic reached Tim Matavz with a good corner kick and the Slovenia international superbly controlled the ball before blasting home. Luc Castaignos came close to levelling the score minutes later, but the youngster's shot went inches wide. Feyenoord goalie Rob van Dijk then made some good saves to keep his side's chances alive, but the experienced glovesman never stood a chance against Matavz's header from short range in the 84th minute.

Heerenveen 5-0 Willem II

Willem II started the game with attacking interntions, but the Tilburgers were dealt a huge blow when Mika Vayrynen gifted Heerenveen the lead after eighteen minutes of play. Defender Michel Breuer doubled the Friezen's lead shortly before the interval, before highly rated winger Roy Beerens made it three after the break. Beerens piled even more misery on Willem II when he converted a spot kick at the hour mark and Breuer doubled his personal tally with a finish from close range to make it 5-0 in the 81st minute.

ADO Den Haag 3-0 NAC

The Residentieclub started the match the better side of the two and picked up a deserved lead after only five minutes of play. Star striker Dmitry Bulykin proved his class with a fine finish to break the deadlock. NAC were never really able to threaten the ADO defence and highly rated winger Wesley Verhoek doubled his side's lead after being set up by Bulykin. The latter was involved in ADO's third goal of the afternoon as well when he reached Aleksander Radosavljevic and the midfielder put the match to bed with an easy finish.

Utrecht 4-0 NEC

The referee decided to award Utrecht a spot kick after 21 minutes of play and consequently showed NEC defender Mark Otten his second yellow card of the match for his foul on Frank Demouge. Netherlands international Ricky van Wolfswinkel stepped up and scored his eleventh goal of the season. The Domstedelingen continued to attack and they eventually doubled their lead in the 84th minute via Edouard Duplan. Romanian defender Mihai Nesu made it 3-0 only minutes later before Demouge added his name well into stoppage time.

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