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Bottom side VVV picked up a shock victory as they beat AZ, whilst PSV hammered Heracles 4-0 on Saturday night and Zwolle lost to Heerenveen

RODA
0 0 ADO

Roda and ADO shared the spoils as they played out a 0-0 draw at the Parkstad Limburg Stadion on Friday night.

Aaron Meijers could have given the visitors the lead as he went on a surging run from the middle of the park beating three Roda players before shooting, but he failed to hit the target.

Rydell Poepon also had an opportunity to put ADO ahead when he played a delightful one-two with Tjaronn Chery to go one-on-one with Filip Kurto but the hosts’ goalkeeper diverted the ball over.

In the second half, Tom Beugelsdijk met a Danny Holla corner with his head but was denied the opener. Roda immediately hit on the counter-attack with Amin Affane finding Sanharib Malki down the right flank with a pin-point pass. The Syrian then cut back to Mitchell Donald who blasted towards goal but his effort was tipped over the bar and the game ended goalless.

AJAX
0 2 VITESSE

Ajax saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end on Saturday night as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Vitesse.

The hosts saw more of the ball from the early stages but failed to build any momentum against their resilient opponents. It was the visitors who took the lead, though, as former Ajax player Theo Janssen drove towards goal before passing to Gael Kakuta whose cross fell to Wilfried Bony and the Ivorian was able to make it 11 goals in 11 league games for his club this season.

The Arnhem side doubled their lead within the first minute of the second period when Ibarra floated the ball into the box for Bony to head past Kenneth Vermeer after he slipped in behind young centre-back Stefano Denswil.

Ajax pressed forward in search of a way back into the match but were left frustrated in front of goal as they dropped further behind the leading pack while Vitesse recorded their first win in Amsterdam for over a decade.

WILLEM II
1 5 UTRECHT

Willem II remain second bottom of the league after they were humiliated at home losing 5-1 to Utrecht.

Cedric van der Gun opened the scoring inside the first quarter of an hour with a header from Tommy Oar’s free-kick.

The hosts pulled themselves level when a corner fell to Philipp Haastrup who fired on target and although the shot was saved by goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter, it bounced in off his own defender Jacob Mulenga.

Mulenga made up for his error when he burst towards goal to meet Nana Asare’s shot which was going wide and diverted it into the net on the stroke of half-time.

Utrecht’s advantage was increased by Alexander Gerndt as he fired home a Dave Bulthuis cross from the front post. The 26-year-old then grabbed his second of the game, this time being found by Tommy Oar and knocking it in.

It got worse for the home side as Mulenga made it 5-1 with a header to divert Bulthuis’s cross past David Meul.

PSV
4 0 HERACLES

PSV took full advantage of Heracles’s defensive frailties as they mauled the Almelo side 4-0.

Dick Advocaat’s men took the lead after just 19 minutes through Dries Mertens when Atiba Hutchinson found the Belgian winger in plenty of space on the left side and he was able to slot into the net with a great curling effort.

Thomas Bruns was caught in possession outside his own box by Dries Mertens who then squared it to Time Matavz his pass found Luciano Narsingh who made it 2-0.

The game was killed off by midfielder Kevin Strootman as he latched onto a Narsingh through-ball and beat the encroaching Remko Pasveer before nicking it under the goalkeeper.

Mertens played a key role in Matavz’s goal as he chipped it to Narsingh at the back post and the former Heerenveen star squared it to the Slovenia international who rounded off the scoring after 81 minutes.

GRONINGEN
1 2 NEC

NEC made it five games unbeaten as they came back from a goal down to beat Groningen 2-1 on Sunday.

The hosts took the lead after 11 minutes as Michael de Leeuw pounced on the rebound of a Virgil van Dijk header and scored from close range.

Groningen had a chance to extend the lead just after the restart but Genero Zeefuik’s header bounced off the post.

NEC started the second half brightly and had a chance to equalise through Rick ten Voorde but the forward scuppered his chance. The visitors eventually drew level as Ryan Koolwijk passed to Victor Palsson who tucked it past Luciano Da Silva.

Just as the sides looked set to share the spoils, the visitors stole the three points as Michel Breuer sent a cross into the box for Geert Arend Roorda who volleyed into the net.

HEERENVEEN
2 1 ZWOLLE

Heerenveen moved up to 10th place with a 2-1 win over Zwolle, who remain third from bottom in the league.

Marco van Basten’s side were the better team from the early stages but nearly found themselves trailing after 10 minutes when Kristoffer Nordfeldt rolled the ball straight to Zwolle forward Ronnie Reniers but the goalkeeper was lucky to see the shot hit the crossbar.

Alfred Finnbogason gave Heerenveen the lead when he gathered a fantastic Filip Djuricic pass and blasted into the net to make it nine goals in nine league games for the Icelandic striker.

The home team had to wait until the 71st minute to make it 2-0 courtesy of Daniel de Ridder as he took advantage of a poor header from Rochdi Achenteh which evaded goalkeeper Diederik Boer and the Heerenveen striker was on hand to tap into the empty net.

Joey van den Berg reduced the deficit as he converted a penalty late on but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as the hosts took the three points.

AZ
1 2 VVV

Bottom club VVV provided the shock of the weekend in the Eredivisie as they beat AZ in a match in which all three goals came in the final 11 minutes.

AZ dominated the game from the start and should have gone in ahead at the break but failed to make good use of their possession.

The Venlo club looked much better after the restart and had an opportunity to net the opener when Esteban spilled a Bryan Linssen shot but Robert Cullen could not finish it.

Barry Maguire scored the first goal of the game after 79 minutes when he brought down an Aleksander Radosavljevic pass and slotted home to round off a wonderful team move.

Gertjan Verbeek’s side appeared to have salvaged a point when Erik Falkenburg found the net with an assist from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, but Radosavljevic had other ideas as he scored the winner four minutes into injury time.
TWENTE
3 0 FEYENOORD

Twente recovered from their midweek cup defeat to Den Bosch with a 3-0 win over Feyenoord, ensuring they stay top of the league for at least another week.

Steve McClaren’s side dominated the game and took an early lead when Dusan Tadic charged down the right wing and cut in before crossing to Nacer Chadli, who hit it past Kostas Lamprou.

Luc Castaignos made it 2-0 after 17 minutes as he slipped in behind the Feyenoord back-line and latched onto a wonderful long ball from Roberto Rosales before netting.

Feyenoord had a few opportunities to pull themselves back into the match. First, a mistake from Douglas allowed Jordy Clasie to go through on goal but goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov was there to see out the danger and then, midfielder Tonny Vilhena had a shot blocked by the Brazilian defender.

Tadic killed the game off late in the second half with a free-kick which flew straight at Lamprou but the goalkeeper fumbled it over the line.
NAC
2 1 RKC

Goals from Danny Verbeek and Nemanja Gudelj secured a second consecutive victory for NAC as they came from behind to beat RKC 2-1.

The Breda club got off to a good start but some defensive sloppiness lead to RKC taking the lead after just two minutes as Teddy Chevalier rounded goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar and rolled it over the line.

Poor defending played a part in the game’s second goal, this time with RKC defender Henrico Drost surrendering the ball to Verbeek, providing an opportunity the winger did not waste.

Robert Braber almost restored the Waalwijk side’s lead but his shot was an easy one for Ten Rouwelaar to deal with. Instead it was NAC who found the net next as Jeroen Zoet failed to control an Anouar Hadouir shot and Gudelj was there to capitalise on the loose ball and make it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time.

RKC pressed in search of an equaliser throughout an exciting second period, but NAC were able to hold onto their lead.

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