Goal.com recaps the action in the third week of the Dutch top flight in which PSV and Feyenoord secured victories whilst AZ and Heerenveen were involved in a goalless draw
Round 3 Results
Heading into this game RKC had scored five Eredivisie goals in their first two matches whilst Roda had conceded six, but it didn’t live up to the goalfest it promised to be as both sides struggled for attacking inspiration.
Florian Jozefzoon looked most likely to create anything for the home side in a poor first-half, with his bursts down the left wing which caught Martijn Monteyne out on several occasions.
RKC looked much better in the second period and managed to find the net early on as Robert Braber headed home an Ard van Peppen cross, moments after seeing an 18-yard effort come back off the crossbar.
Jozefzoon almost made it 2-0 when Teddy Chevalier put him one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the former Ajax man’s effort went just wide.
The visitor's clearest chance came in the latter stages as Mitchell Donald crossed in for Sanharib Malki, but it was too high for the club’s top goalscorer to reach as the Waalwijk side held on for the three points.
Zwolle managed to escape with a point despite a lacklustre and laboured performance against Utrecht on Saturday evening.
The hosts were by far the better side from the early stages as Zwolle struggled to get going and barely resembled the attractive, attacking side which impressed in the opening two matches of the campaign.
Utrecht took the lead towards the end of the first-half as Edouard Duplan latched onto a terrible backpass from Joey van den Berg and rounded the keeper before slotting home.
The hosts had several opportunities to increase their lead after half-time as Cedric van der Gun saw two headers glance wide and another shot saved by Ter Wielen.
Zwolle increased the pressure in the final quarter of the match but still struggled to build any momentum. The visitors were lucky to level the score after 83 minutes when Rochdi Achenteh sent a fantastic corner deep into the danger zone for an unmarked Darryl Lachman to head into the net.
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Ado Den Haag came from behind to secure the three points in a six-goal thriller away to VVV .
The Venlo side started brightly and they were when Maya Yoshida nodded a long ball on for Marcel Seip who slid it past the goalkeeper.
Mike van Duinen pulled ADO level after 33 minutes as he ran onto a Jens Toornstra through ball and hammered it past Niki Maenpaa.
The visitors scored another early in the second-half when Van Duinen burst into the box from the left flank and crossed for Tjaronn Chery to finish smartly through Maenpaa’s legs.
Then, Jens Toornstra capped off a wonderful team move as the ball was worked up field from the ADO backline and ended in the 23-year-old blasting Rydell Poepon’s low cross into the top corner.
The hosts reduced the deficit to one goal with 10 minutes remaining when Nwofor nodded a Wildschut cross onto Ismo Vorstermans, who volleyed into the net.
VVV pressed hard for an equaliser but paid the price for some slack defending when Aaron Meijers picked out Chery in acres of space inside the box.
The forward turned and tucked it away to secure the three points for his side.
Ajax grabbed their second win of the season as they hammered NAC 5-0 at the Amsterdam ArenA on Saturday.
It took just one minute and 50 seconds for Frank de Boer’s men to go ahead with Siem de Jong strolling through the NAC defence and lifting the ball over Jelle ten Rouwelaar.
The Eredivisie champions doubled their lead less than 10 minutes later through debutant Niklas Moisander. The former AZ centre-back shrugged off his marker and met Christian Eriksen’s superb corner at the backpost, knocking it into the net.
NAC did manage to push forward a few times but failed to test Ajax shot stopper Kenneth Vermeer at all.
A third goal for Ajax seemed imminent throughout the remainder of the first-half and it came with five minutes to spare, as Gregory van der Wiel crossed for Tobias Sana to tap in for his third goal in as many games.
It was 4-0 four minutes into the second period with Thulani Serero grabbing his first goal for the club, latching onto a delightful Sana pass and lobbing Ten Rouwelaar.
And De Jong grabbed his second of the game in the dying minutes with a 25 yard screamer to put Ajax top of the table for the evening.
Marco van Basten continues the search for his first Eredivisie win in charge of Heerenveen after his side picked up a point against AZ.
Both sides had chances to take the lead with Heerenveen coming close with Rajiv van la Parra and Alfred Finnbogason firing wide.
AZ had two penalty claims dismissed in quick succession when Jozy Altidore insisted he had been pushed over in the box, as he rose to meet a Roy Beerens cross, and a minute later there was a second appeal when the American’s cross appeared to strike the hand of Arnold Kruiswijk.
The clearest opportunity came on 31 minutes as Beerens evaded Youssef El-Akchaoui’s tackle and sent the ball into the box. It fell to Roy Beerens whose backheel was deflected towards Altidore, but the 22-year-old’s volley bounced onto the bar and the danger was cleared.
Gertjan Verbeek’s side found themselves down to 10-men with 10 minutes to spare when substitute Johann Gudmundsson was dismissed for a tackle on Marten de Roon, but the away team couldn’t capitalise on their one man advantage.
Steve McClaren’s Twente maintained their 100% record with a deserved 3-1 victory over NEC on Sunday.
Former Inter forward Luc Castaignos netted his first goal for the club inside the opening15 minutes, as Felipe Gutierrez’s through ball found Tadic who knocked it back for the 19-year-old to put his team in the lead.
Tadic was involved in Twente’s second goal as he sent a cross deep into the NEC box for Dmitry Bulykin to head into the net and open his account with the Enschede side.
Just before half-time Gabor Babos brought Castaignos down in the box, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the spot and Leroy Fer stepped up to convert the penalty with a cheeky chip to make it 3-0.
Twente should have inflicted further damage on the home side with Wesley Verhoek coming close on two occasions and Robbert Schilder missing an opportunity, too.
But it was NEC who grabbed the next goal as Evander Sno galloped forward from his own half before firing past Nikolay Mihaylov from outside the box.
Goals from Darryl Janmaat and Lex Immers stole the three points for Feyenoord against Heracles as the Rotterdam side maintained the pressure on rivals Ajax and Twente.
Ronald Koemen’s men took the lead inside four minutes when Janmaat combined with Ruben Schaken before finishing past Remko Pasveer.
Immers made it 2-0 just before the break when he played a long ball for down the right side and the winger Schaken beat Dragan Paljic before cutting back from the byline for the former ADO Den Haag star to knock into the net.
Feyenoord had thought they had killed the game off on the stroke of half-time when Sekou Cisse smacked a penalty off of the underside of the bar and it bounced off of the line and out. The away side claimed that the ball had crossed the line but referee Pieter Vink disagreed.
The deficit was reduced early in the second-half when Lerin Duarte fired home a low cross into the visitors’ goal, but the hosts couldn’t pull themselves level, succumbing to a second consecutive defeat.
Vitesse picked up three points from Willem II on Sunday, taking them to third in the league.
Fred Rutten and his team felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty in the opening stages of the game when Wilfried Bony was thought to have been pulled down in the box but the referee saw nothing in the challenge.
The hosts should have opened the scoring after the half hour mark when Genaro Snijders fired it across goal towards Niek Vossebelt who was sliding in at the back post but hit it over the bar.
Vitesse capitalised on their opponents’ sloppiness in front of goal, taking the lead on 38 minutes when Bony passed back to Jonathan Reis whose 25 yard strike flew into the net.
Bony almost made it 2-0, three minutes later, as he cut in from the left and unleashed a low shot towards goal from the edge of the box but his effort could only find the side netting.
The Tilburg side created several opportunities to draw level but Marc Hocher and Robbie Haemhouts were both denied by Vitesse goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen.
The Arnhem side secured the victory after 81 minutes when Reis latched onto Velthuizen’s long ball and slotted past David Meul with ease.
PSV dominated the game from start to finish and could have been 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes, as Tim Matavz and Jetro Willems were both kept out by Luciano Da Silva.
Genero Zeefuik almost opened the scoring for the home side when he met Mitchell Schet’s cross with a fantastic volley, but it was straight at Przemyslaw Tyton.
Dick Advocaat’s side took a deserved lead late in the first-half when Atiba Hutchinson took Dries Mertens’ through ball in his stride and lobbed over Da Silva.
Mertens grabbed his first of the campaign with the young Belgian latching on to Kevin Strootman's through ball and tucking it into the bottom corner.
PSV continued the pressure on their opponents. Shortly after seeing his overhead kick saved by Da Silva, Memphis Depay went on a mazy run through the Groningen half and took it past three Groningen defenders, before making no mistake in putting it past the goalkeeper.
Schet was able to grab a consolation goal for his team when he drove towards goal and set himself up to send it into the top corner from outside the danger area.