Eredivisie Round-up: Twente & PSV drop points

Ajax are back in the title race after their win over Groningen as Twente were held to a draw by Roda, while PSV had to settle for a home stalemate against Heerenveen.

1 4 NEC
ADO Den Haag
1 0 Vitesse
0 0 De Graafschap
Willem II
2 6

2 0 Groningen
Twente 1 1 Roda
0 4 Feyenoord
2 2 Heerenveen

AZ 1-1 NAC

The hosts were the better side from the start and deservedly opened the scoring after 35 minutes of play. The referee had no other choice but to award AZ a spot kick after a NAC defender handled the ball inside his area and Rasmus Elm slotted home from twelve yards to break the deadlock. NAC didn't give up though and the Breda side eventually levelled the score against the run of play when Donny Gorter scored a penalty to make it 1-1.


NEC needed only 20 minutes of play to break the deadlock as Bjorn Vleminckx set up Lorenzo Davids to make it 1-0. VVV did their utmost to level the score, but they lacked the class to really trouble the NEC back-line. Again Vleminckx provided the assist for NEC's second goal of the game as John Goossens found the net from inside the area at the hour mark. NEC continued to dominate and Vleminckx finally added his name to the score sheet after a corner kick before Goossens netted his second goal of the game in the 81st minute. Ahmed Musa pegged one back for VVV well into stoppage time, but it was too little, too late for the relegation candidates.

ADO Den Haag 1-0 Vitesse

ADO put in a far from impressive performance against Vitesse, but the Residentieclub somewhat fortunately opened the scoring around the half-hour mark. Sloppy defending from Vitesse after a throw in resulted in a chance for Danny Buys and the midfielder found the net from close range to make it 1-0. Wilfried Bony and Marco van Ginkel both got chances to level the score, but they failed to beat the ADO shot stopper.

Excelsior 0-0 De Graafschap

Not too much to report about from Rotterdam as both sides never really came close to grabbing the lead. Excelsior felt they deserved a spot kick after a handball from Jussi Kujala, while De Graafschap called for a penalty after Rydell Poepon went to the ground inside the area. Nevertheless, the referee was having none of it and the game finished scoreless.

Willem II 2-6 Heracles

Willem II started the match brilliantly and needed only four minutes to open the scoring. Andreas Lasnik converted a spot kick after Mark Looms fouled Juha Hakola inside the area and Looms was dismissed for his foul. Heracles weren't impressed too much though and Everton restored parity only minutes later with a fine header before doubling his tally with a calm finish in the 40th minute. Wilie Overtoom then scored a penalty in the dying seconds of the first half to pile even more misery on Willem II. Everton got his hat-trick at the hour mark after being set up Sam Armenteros. Denis Halilovic then pegged one back for the hosts, but it was just not meant to be for Willem II as Overtoom and Kwame Quansah eventually helped Heracles to an impressive 6-2 away win with ten men.

Ajax 2-0 Groningen

The Godenzonen were the better side of the two in the opening 45 minutes of the game, but Groningen goalkeeper Brian van Loo proved to be too much of an obstacle before the break. Van Loo's decision to rush off his line in the 69th minute proved to be wrong though as Miralem Sulejmani lifted his shot over the Groningen shot stopper to break the deadlock. Centre-back Jan Vertonghen put the match to bed only minutes later after Fredrik Stenman failed to clear the ball.

Twente 1-1 Roda

Roda put in a strong defensive performance in the first half to keep Twente quiet, but the reigning champions had a huge chance to grab the lead in the 53rd minute. Robbie Wielaert handled the ball in his own area and the referee awarded Twente a spot kick. Nevertheless, Bryan Ruiz opted to try and beat the goalkeeper with a 'Panenka' and Roda goalkeeper Mateusz Prus made an easy save. Roda then surprisingly opened the scoring when Boldiszar Bodor found the net in the 75th minute. Twente didn't give up though and they got another penalty in the 83rd minute when Prus fouled Ruiz. The shot stopper was dismissed and Theo Janssen converted the spot kick to restore parity. Twente full-back Roberto Rosales received his marching orders well into stoppage time after a professional foul on Willem Janssen.

Utrecht 0-4 Feyenoord

The Domstedelingen started the match with attacking intentions, but they were outclassed by Feyenoord right from the start and never looked like getting a good result. Leroy Fer opened the scoring after he headed home a corner from Diego Biseswar and versatile youngster Kelvin Leerdam doubled Feyenoord's lead after being set up by Ryo Miyaichi. The Utrecht back-line always looked vulnerable and the hosts conceded yet another goal when Biseswar found the top corner at the hour mark. Young midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum made things even worse for Utrecht in the 65th minute when he scored his ninth league goal of the season.

PSV 2-2 Heerenveen

PSV dominated play in the opening 45 minutes without really creating any big chances. Nevertheless, the Eindhoven side deservedly picked up the lead after the interval. Zakaria Labyad set up Jeremain Lens and the versatile attacker found the net with a curled shot. Balazs Dzsudzsak then came close to doubling PSV's lead, but the winger's shot came back off the upright. Heerenveen levelled the score only seconds after PSV had a goal disallowed for offside. Luciano Narsingh reached Oussama Assaidi and the tricky attacker had no trouble finding the net from close range. Another superb counter-attack minutes later saw the visitors take the lead through Bas Dost and things got even worse for PSV when Wilfred Bouma was dismissed after a foul on Narsingh. The home side didn't give up though and were eventually rewarded with a late equaliser from substitute Ola Toivonen.

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