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Eredivisie Round 7 Results: AZ go top as Ajax draw against Twente, while PSV hammer Roda

The reigning champions were unable to pick up the full three points, while the Alkmaar side and Eindhoven giants both won their respective games

Eredivisie: Round 7


Highlights of all Eredivisie games can be seen at:
Saturday SEPTEMBER 24


PSV - Roda
7-1 AZ - Feyenoord
ADO Den Haag - VVV 2-0 De Graafschap - Groningen
Heerenveen - Heracles 1-1 RKC - NEC
NAC - Utrecht
1-0 Excelsior - Vitesse
Ajax - Twente



7-1 Roda

PSV started the match with attacking intentions and got the early goal they were after when Ola Toivonen found the net after only 15 minutes of play. Roda were then reduced to 10 men when Jagos Vukovic was dismissed after a professional foul on Tim Matavz, and Dries Mertens immediately made it two for PSV from the resulting free kick.

The hosts continued to dominate and Mertens doubled his personal tally around the half-hour mark, before Kevin Strootman added his name to the score sheet with a powerful long-range strike.

Sanharib Malki pegged one back for Roda shortly after the interval, but Mertens quickly restored his side's four-goal lead before Georginio Wijnaldum missed a spot-kick. Slovenia international Tim Matavz piled even more misery on the Kerkrade side in the closing stages of the game, while Mertens got his fourth of the evening when he converted a penalty in the 89th minute.

ADO Den Haag
2-0 VVV

The hosts deservedly opened the scoring halfway through the first half via Stade Rennais loanee John Verhoek. The VVV defence allowed the young striker too much space and he beat the goalkeeper with a good shot into the top corner.

Gabor Horvath
added a second shortly before the interval, and the away side were unable to do anything to find a way back into things.

1-1 Heracles
Neither of the two sides really managed to impress in the opening 45 minutes, but it was the hosts who had every reason to be satisfied as they led 1-0 courtesy of Oussama Assaidi's 29th-minute strike.

Bas Dost and Luciano Narsingh had chances to put the match to bed after the break, but failed to do so. This came back to haunt the Friezen late in the game. Samuel Armenteros first hit the upright, but the Swedish forward was alert and tapped home the rebound to help Heracles to one point.

1-0 Utrecht

NAC appeared to be on their way to an easy home win when Utrecht full-back Michael Zullo received his marching orders in the dying minutes of the first half. Nevertheless, the home side initially struggled to break the deadlock and only secured the full three points well into stoppage time when Kees Luyckx headed home a corner kick.

1-1 Twente

Ajax dominated proceedings right from the start and needed only 10 minutes to open the scoring. Derk Boerrigter went past Tim Cornelisse with easy before setting up Miralem Sulejmani, and the Serbian forward had no problems finding the net from close range.

Ajax appeared to have doubled their lead when Jan Vertonghen beat Twente goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov with a good header, but the goal was wrongly disallowed for offside.

The Enschede club fought back after the interval, and Kenneth Vermeer showed his class when he denied Denny Landzaat with a superb reflex save. Nevertheless, the Ajax glovesman didn't stand a chance against Luuk de Jong's header in the 87th minute as the Netherlands international helped Twente to an important draw.

2-1 Feyenoord

Both sides created several chances to open the scoring in the first half, but only the Rotterdam giants managed to find the net. Ruben Schaken went past his direct opponent down the right before setting up Otman Bakkal, and the PSV loanee fired home from 15 yards.

AZ continued to trouble the Feyenoord back-line, though, and Rasmus Elm restored parity on the hour mark. The referee had no other choice but to award the Alkmaar side a free kick after Stefan de Vrij fouled Adam Maher on the edge of the area, and Elm curled his shot over the wall to make it 1-1.

Feyenoord were then dealt a huge blow in the 68th minute when Kelvin Leerdam was somewhat harshly sent off after a tackle in midfield on Dirk Marcellis. Brett Holman appeared to gift AZ the lead shortly after, but his attempt hit the upright before being cleared to safety. However, Holman did get his goal in closing stages of the game when he found the net with a superb header after a cross from Marcellis.

De Graafschap
2-3 Groningen
It took until the 65th minute for the match to really come to life, and it was Groningen striker David Texeira who broke the deadlock after a superb individual goal. Nevertheless, Yuri Rose levelled the scoring again shortly after when he flicked a free kick past the shot-stopper.

De Graafschap even took the lead against the run of play when Vito Wormgoor placed a free kick in the top corner in the 83rd minute.

The hosts looked set to keep the points in Doetinchem, but Texeira had different ideas, scoring his second goal well into stoppage time before setting up Tadic for the winner less than 60 seconds later.

2-0 NEC
RKC continued their fine run of form with a home win over NEC. It was on-loan attackers Geoffrey Castillion and Ricky Ten Voorde who once again made the difference for the newly promoted side.

Castillion broke the deadlock with a good header in the first half after a cross from the left from Ryan Braber. NEC did their utmost to equalise, but failed to really trouble RKC, and Ten Voorde decided the match with his third goal of the season.

0-2 Vitesse

Vitesse started the match superbly and needed only 12 minutes to grab the lead. Powerful attacker Wilfried Bony dribbled his way past two opponents and beat the Excelsior goalkeeper with a calm finish.

The Cote d'Ivoire international continued to cause his direct opponents all kinds of trouble and Bony doubled Vitesse's lead halfway through the first half when he fired home from the edge of the area.

Bony and Giorgi Chanturia both came close to making it three on more than one occasion, but sloppy finishing meant that the match ended in a 2-0 victory for the guests.