Eredivisie weekend roundup: Feyenoord and Ajax share points in ‘Klassieker’

Eredivisie weekend roundup: Feyenoord and Ajax share points in ‘Klassieker’

A late Dirk Kuijt diving header rescued a deserved point for Feyenoord, PSV squeeze past Sparta, while a lost football boot stole the show in Heerenveen writes Neil Adderley. Excelsior 0 v 2 PEC Zwolle: Zwolle move on up after away win Second half goals from Queensy Menig and Django Warmerdam moved PEC off the foot of the table and up to 13th in the Eredivisie standings. Excelsior pushed the visitors back in the opening half but Ryan Koolwijk and Stanley Elbers failed to find the target for the hosts. PEC opened the scoring on 48 minutes when Menig beat Excelsior keeper Tom Muyters with a pinpoint effort. Warmerdam sealed the victory with an 88th minute strike and in turn gave Zwolle a 150th win in the Eredivisie. PSV Eindhoven 1 v 0 Sparta Rotterdam: Ramselaar downs brave Spartans A 77th minute Bart Ramselaar goal gave the reigning champions a much needed victory in Eindhoven. PSV, without a home win in three previous games, were pushed back in the opening stages as Thomas Verhaar, Stijn Spierings and Craig Goodwin all tested stand in goalkeeper Remko Pasveer. The hosts began to take control in the latter stages of the first period but found Sparta keeper Roy Kortsmit in outstanding form. Kortsmit made 13 saves as PSV pushed for a second half opening, however the Sparta number one was left helpless as Ramselaar lifted the ball over the keeper on 77 minutes. Go Ahead Eagles 0 v 2 Twente: Manchester City loanees fire Twente to victory Twente moved into the top six of the Eredivisie as Manchester City youngsters Yaw Yeboah and Bersant Celina both scored in Deventer. The visitors were the stronger team throughout and Go Ahead had keeper Theo Zwarthoed to thank as the stopper denied Celina, Yeboah and another Manchester City loanee Enes Unal. But Zwarthoed was finally beaten on 44 minutes as Unal set up Yeboah to give the visitors a deserved lead. Twente pushed for a second goal after the break with Celina denied for a second time by the upright, before the Manchester City player finally sealed the win with an 89th minute strike. Roda JC 1 v 1 ADO Den Haag: Late Paulissen free kick earns point for Roda ADO were minutes away from an away day victory in Kerkrade but Mitchel Paulissen fired home a stunning 87th minute free kick to claim a share of the spoils for Roda. The hosts started brightly but failed to take advantage as ADO keeper Ernestas Setkus twice denied Daniel De Silva. ADO striker Mike Havenaar twice came close to breaking the deadlock before Edouard Duplan volleyed the visitors in front on 37 minutes. In the second period both Havenaar, again denied by Setkus, and Danny Bakker who somehow fluffed his lines from two yards out, failed to wrap the game up for the visitors. And ADO were made to pay with three minutes on the clock as Paulissen fired home a free kick to move Roda off the bottom of the table. Willem II 0 v 1 Utrecht: Ten man Willem II downed in injury time Willem II played more than an hour with ten men after Fran Sol saw red for kicking out at Nacer Barazite. However, the home side held Utrecht at bay until striker Sebastian Haller, taking advantage of a poor back header from Darryl Lachman, clipped the ball over keeper Kostas Lamprou before heading home in the 92nd minute. NEC Nijmegen 1 v 1 Vitesse Arnhem: Gelderse derby ends all square Ex-NEC player Navarone Foor came back to haunt his old club but a late Dario Dumic rescued a point for the home side. Both teams gave no quarter in a typical derby and while NEC made the best chances it was Foor who gave the visitors the lead on his return to Nijmegen. The second half was interrupted when referee Pol van Boekel took both teams off the pitch after plastic glasses rained down on Vitesse midfielder Lewis Baker as he attempted to take a corner. NEC grabbed the initiative after play had resumed and Dumic connected with an 88th minute cross to bring the sides level and earn a point for the hosts. Groningen 2 v 0 AZ Alkmaar: Groningen jump five places with comfortable victory The home side began the day at the foot of the table but thanks to first half goals from Bryan Linssen and Tom van Weert Groningen jumped five places to thirteenth in the Eredivisie table. AZ keeper Sergio Rochet could only parry an 18th minute Linssen volley in off the post, and it was a Linssen cross that Van Weert headed home powerfully from 12 yards in first half injury time. A Guus Til effort, turned away by Groningen keeper Sergio Padt was all a disappointing AZ could muster. Former Feyenoord and Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar was on hand to deny Van Weert after the break as Groningen held on comfortably for the much needed win. Feyenoord 1 v 1 Ajax: Points shared in Dutch ‘Klassieker’ Feyenoord dropped the first points of the season as a late Dirk Kuijt diving header denied Ajax victory in Rotterdam. Ajax held the hosts at arms length for most of the first half, but the league leaders should have gone into the break ahead as firstly Bilal Basacikoglu, and then Eric Botteghin failed to convert glorious chances. Feyenoord continued to dominate play in the second period but after Nicolai Jorgensen missed another chance for the hosts, young Danish striker Kasper Dolberg made no mistake to give Ajax the lead after 55 minutes. Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst introduced both Michiel Kramer and Eljero Elia and the attacking substitutions paid dividends when an Elia cross was headed home by a diving Dirk Kuijt on 85 minutes. Heerenveen 3 v 1 Heracles Almelo: High flying Frisians ease past Heracles Heerenveen claimed a sixth win of the season at home to Heracles to consolidate third place in the Eredivisie table. A 20th minute Stefano Marzo left footed curler gave Heerenveen the advantage, but only after Brandley Kuwas had missed a golden opportunity to give the visitors an unexpected lead. Kuwas made amends on 40 minutes by squeezing a low shot past keeper Erwin Mulder at the near post to send the teams in level at the break. However, the hosts restored the lead when Sam Larsson struck a sweet 66th minute shot beyond Bram Castro after good hold up play by Reza Ghoochannejhad. And the points were sealed for Heerenveen on 77 minutes with a remarkable goal by promising defender Jerry St. Juste. The young centre half, despite losing his right boot in the initial challenge, carried the ball from inside his own half before firing past Castro from the edge of the penalty area.   More >

VVD MPs register most gifts

VVD MPs register by far the most gifts Some two-thirds of the presents given to MPs by third parties go the ruling right-wing VVD, according to the parliamentary gifts register. MPs have to register the gifts themselves, and it could be that VVD parliamentarians are stricter about doing so, broadcaster RTL Nieuws said on Friday. Since January this year, MPs have registered 321 gifts, of which 215 were given to the 40 VVD MPs. The Liberal democratic party D66 is in second place with 29 gifts split between 12 MPs. In third place is 50Plus, which registered 20 presents but has just one MP. The most popular MP was the VVD’s sports spokesman Rudmer Heerema, who registered 27 gifts. These included seven tickets for the recent European athletics championships, a free trip to the TT motorbike races in Assen, tickets to football matches plus numerous other competitions and awards.  More >

MPs slam royal visit plane plan

MPs slam ‘wasteful’ plan to take empty government jet on royal Australia trip MPs have accused the government of wasting tens of thousands of euros by flying the government jet to Australia to take king Willem-Alexander around the country during next month's state visit. The king and queen Maxima fly to Australia next week using a regular flight, but the official jet is needed for trips between cities, the state information service has told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. RTL estimates the cost flying the government jet to Australia and back at some €250,000. The Fokker 70 has a maximum range of 3,000 kilometres and needs to make six landings en route, aviation expert Joris Melkert told the broadcaster. The RVD says the journey will take 2.5 days. The state information service RVD says the Dutch jet is needed because the royals have such a busy programme that they cannot take regular internal flights. In addition, renting a private jet in Australia is too expensive, the RVD said in a statement. MPs have described the plan as a waste of money. 'Flying an empty jet to Australia is expensive and polluting,' said GroenLinks MP Liesbeth van Tongeren. 'I'd like the king and queen to ask themselves if there is another solution.'  More >

Budget issues hit VGZ patients in Twente

Eredivisie weekend roundup: Feyenoord and Ajax share points in ‘Klassieker’ People who buy their health insurance from VGZ will not be able to get regular treatment at Twente hospital MST until next year because their budget has been spent, broadcaster NOS said on Friday. The hospital says on its website that VGZ patients face longer waiting lists because the insurer has not bought enough treatment to meet demand. Although VGZ had been briefed on the shortfall in August, no solution has been found. Emergency treatment for VGZ patients is not affected. Some 150 to 200 VGZ patients have appointments at the hospital for non-emergency treatment every week. Last year, two hospitals in Noord-Holland province stopped carrying out cataract operations on patients insured with CZ  because the budgets were used up. However, a halt to patient services in October is extremely unusual, NOS said.  More >

No state support for nuclear power plant

Eredivisie weekend roundup: Feyenoord and Ajax share points in ‘Klassieker’ The cabinet is prepared to help energy company Delta overcome its financial problems but not by putting money into the Borssele nuclear power plant in Zeeland, economic affairs minister Henk Kamp told parliament on Friday. Delta asked the state and its local authority shareholders for financial support because it expects the plant to make a loss in the coming years. The company has been hit by low energy prices and there are fears it could go bankrupt. Kamp said that he is prepared to offer financial guarantees for the company's healthy parts if Delta puts them - network company Enduris and its 50% stake in water firm Evides - into a new company. Closing the nuclear power plant is not an option because of the €1.3bn price ticket, Kamp said. A report by Spring Associates for several environmental groups said earlier this month that government support for the aging Borssele nuclear power station - the only nuclear power generation plant in the Netherlands - would have major financial risks attached. Keeping the plant open would only be profitable if electricity prices double, the report, commissioned by environmental groups Greenpeace and Wise, said.  More >