Goal.com recaps the action in the fourth week of the Dutch top flight in which AZ were destroyed by PSV and Twente maintained their perfect record
Round 4 Results
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A single goal was enough for Groningen to seal their first win of the season as they defeated ADO 1-0.
A goal looked imminent from the early stages as both teams created several chances inside the opening 30 minutes.
It was Groningen who found the net after 34 minutes when Tim Sparv rose highest to divert Mitchell Schet’s long free-kick into the bottom corner.
ADO pressed in search of an equaliser and came close early in the second-half through Danny Holla but his shot from the edge of the area flew just wide.
Charlton Vicento had the hosts’ best chance of beating Luciano Da Silva with little over 15 minutes remaining with a volley from a corner which bounced off the ground, but the Groningen goalkeeper was able to tip it over the bar and ensure his side went home with the three points.
Roda manager Ruud Brood will be happy with his side’s performance as they picked up a relatively easy three points against a Willem II side which had just two shots on goal.
Mitchell Donald should have opened the scoring after 35 minutes as he started off a fantastic passing move between himself, Sanharib Malki and Guus Hupperts but the former Ajax player’s shot went past the post.
The first goal came four minutes later, however, when Robbie Wielaert’s header was saved by David Meul and rebounded straight off of the knee of Malki and into the net.
Krisztian Nemeth made it 2-0 in the second-half when he headed home Chelsea loanee Amin Affane’s free-kick.
Things got even worse for Willem II when Jordens Peters was dismissed with ten minutes left when he was given his second yellow card for a poor tackle on Nemeth.
Roda capitalised on the numerical advantage as they increased their lead a minute later with Adil Ramzi slotting it in with ease after Meul spilled Malki’s effort.
Ryan Koolwijk was the star of the show as he grabbed two goals and an assist as NEC strolled to victory over Zwolle.
The Nijmegen side took the lead inside 20 minutes when Joey van den Berg gave the referee no option but to point to the spot for a blatant handball and Koolwijk coolly converted the penalty.
Furdjel Narsingh should have equalised for Zwolle as his volley beat goalkeeper Gabor Babos but was blocked off the line - the midfielder had a second chance to find the net as the rebound fell straight to him but he sent it sailing over the bar.
It only got worse for Zwolle, though, as goalkeeper Leon ter Wielen was shown a straight red card for bringing Soren Rieks down in the box and Koolwijk was on hand to blast it into the corner from the penalty spot once again.
Evander Sno made it 3-0 ten minutes into the second-half when Koolwijk squared a free-kick to him and he fired it past substitute goalkeeper Danny Wintjens via a deflection.
NEC capped off the scoring five minutes later when a Reiks shot was saved by Wintjens and Melvin Platje pounced on it and knocked it over the line.
RKC and Heracles shared the spoils in a fairly even game in which the visitors netted the fastest Eredivisie goal of the season so far.
Heracles took the lead within the opening 25 seconds of the game when a long ball was sent into the box which the RKC defence failed to clear, allowing Willie Overtoom to pass it into the net.
Overtoom and Samuel Armenteros came close to enhancing the away side’s lead but neither could find the target.
The hosts equalised with five minutes left in the first period after Rodney Sneijder dispossessed Kwame Quansah and sent Florian Jozefzoon through on goal. The former NAC player was aided by a deflection as he put it past Remko Pasveer.
Both sides created several chances in the second-half but had to settle for a point each as the goalkeepers kept the score level.
NAC were lucky to escape with a draw against Utrecht, despite taking the lead in the opening minutes of the match.
Alexander Gerndt passed up a golden opportunity to put Utrecht in the lead five minutes into the game as he latched onto a through ball and went one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he slipped before he could get his shot away and ceded possession.
It was NAC who took the lead just two minutes after Gerndt’s scuppered chance when Alex Schalk broke down the right wing before cutting inside and firing past Robbin Ruiter from the edge of the box.
Utrecht enjoyed the majority of possession but couldn’t breach the NAC defence until late in the game when Gerndt met Jacob Mulenga’s cross and tucked it away to make up for his previous error.
Jan Wouters’ men pushed on in search of an equaliser and had two chances to grab a winner through Yoshiaki Takagi, but the substitute’s efforts missed the target.
A last minute goal from Wilfried Bony stole three points for Vitesse as they defeated Feyenoord 1-0 at the Gelredome.
Despite remaining goalless until the dying minutes, it was a very entertaining match with both teams creating several opportunities.
Feyenoord midfielder Lex Immers passed up several opportunities to put the Rotterdam club in the lead, most notably when Ruben Schaken’s shot was saved by Vitesse keeper Piet Velthuizen and bounced towards Immers who put it wide of the mark.
Vitesse failed to capitalise on their opponents’ sloppiness in front of goal with Jonathan Reis and Bony both failing to beat Erwin Mulder.
A fantastic through ball from Van Aanholt put Reis through one-on-one with Mulder, but the striker failed to find the net as the goalkeeper read it well and saved his shot.
The home side finally took the lead through Bony as a long free-kick fell to Mike Havenaar on the left flank and the forward crossed it low for the Ivorian who diverted it into the bottom corner with a lovely backheel.
Dick Advocaat’s PSV picked up an easy win as they put five past ten man AZ.
The home side set out to attack from the early stages and there day was made a lot easier when Etienne Reijnen was sent off eight minutes into the match as he received two yellow cards within a minute of each other.
Tim Matavz was able to convert PSV’s possession into goals when a cross found the striker unmarked in the box and the Slovenian’s header bounced over AZ goalkeeper Esteban and into the net.
The visitors managed to fight back, despite being a man down, and Adam Maher was able to cancel out Matavz’s opener when he collected the ball outside the box and sent it curling into the top corner.
Mark van Bommel restored the Eindhoven side’s lead nine minutes into the second half with a low drive before Marcelo killed the game off, meeting a corner with a powerful header.
It was 4-1 after 83 minutes as substitute Luciano Narsingh broke down the right wing and sent a fantastic cross in for Matavz who knocked it past Esteban.
Atiba Hutchinson inflicted further pain on the visitors as he danced past Maher and slammed home in the dying minutes.
A last minute penalty by Leroy Fer ensured Steve McClaren’s Twente stayed top of the league with a 100% record.
McClaren will be disappointed that his side didn’t win by a bigger margin as his side enjoyed the majority of possession but failed to convert their dominance into goals.
It took some time for the hosts to build any momentum, with the first opportunity coming five minutes before the end of the opening half when Wout Brama fired just wide, before Fer headed over from a Dmitry Bulykin cross and Willem Janssen also mishit one.
VVV had a few chances themselves and came very close with Bryan Linssen and Yanic Wildschut but couldn’t beat Nikolay Mihaylov.
The Tukkers scored the winner with the final kick of the ball as VVV defender Ismo Vorstermans brought down Mirco Born in the box and Fer converted comfortable from the spot and ensured his side maintained their perfect record.
Heerenveen came from behind to pick up a point against Eredivisie champions Ajax on Sunday.
Ajax dominated in the early stages and took the lead when Lasse Schone found to Thulani Serero and the 22-year-old put it past Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Heerenveen were given the opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty for an Alderweireld hand ball. The Belgian centre-back protested in vain that the ball had struck him on the face and the replays suggested he had a point. Filip Djuricic was the player who stepped up to take the spot kick but the Serbian midfielder smashed it wide.
Then, Alfred Finnbogason slipped Djuricic through one-on-one with Kenneth Vermeer but instead of shooting, he squared it back to the 23-year-old who missed it completely and the danger was cleared.
Finnbogason equalised when Ricardo van Rhijn played a terrible ball back to Vermeer who brought it down with his head. The Icelandic striker then stole it from the shot stopper and rolled it over the line.
The home side made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time when Ajax left-back Mitchell Dijks failed to pick up Finnbogason who latched onto a through ball and lifted it over Vermeer.
Ajax pulled level just two minutes into the second period when Serero brought down a long ball from Siem de Jong and headed it over defender Ramon Zomer and tapped it in. The youngster was sent off five minutes later, however, for a tackle from behind on Djuricic.
Kums should have won it for Heerenveen late on when the ball fell to him at the far post but his volley flew over the goal and his side settled for a point.