Another round of top flight Dutch football brought with it yet another weekend of surprises. Sadly, not for the supporters of Dordrecht or NAC Breda who again witnessed a predictable capitulation to leave both teams propping up the table.
Remarkably, for the first time in 20 years, no home team managed a win in this weekend’s round of matches.
PSV v Feyenoord
The first curve ball of the weekend came with news of the cancellation of the much-anticipated game between PSV and Feyenoord.
With Philip Cocu’s men forced to play the second half of their Europa League away clash with Estoril on Friday afternoon, PSV, Feyenoord and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) agreed to reschedule the top four clash.
An agreement was reached to move the game to Tuesday evening. However, the Netherlands national railway (NS) informed the KNVB they did not have enough trains to transport the 1,500 Feyenoord supporters to Eindhoven. As of yet, no rescheduled date has been arranged.
ADO Den Haag 1 v 1 Ajax: Amsterdammers fail to take advantage
With top of the table PSV not in action, Ajax knew a victory away at ADO Den Haag would see them move above their Eindhoven rivals.
Everything was going to plan as Davy Klaassen converted Arkadiusz Milik’s knock down to give the champions the perfect start but ADO, who themselves were desperate for a result for very different reasons, levelled through Eredivisie top scorer Michiel Kramer.
Ajax, who had dominated the vast majority of the game, were left ruing a host of missed chances as Kramer found the net on 85 minutes to take his tally for the season to 10 goals.
Twente 1 v 2 Groningen: ‘Pride of the North’ end impressive Twente run
Twente came into this one on the back of a 27-game unbeaten run at the Grolsche Veste while Groningen had taken just four points on the road this season.
With Ajax dropping two points, Twente had the chance to close the gap at the top of the league. Unfortunately for the Tukkers, the visitors hadn’t read the script as firstly Michael de Leeuw, with a stunning header, and then Tjarron Chery silenced the home crowd by giving Groningen a shock 2-0 lead.
Twente threw everything at Groningen in the second half as they attempted to find a way back into the match and were given a boost on 81 minutes as Danny Hoesen was shown a straight red for a late tackle on Cuco Martina.
Striker Luc Castaignos pulled one back for Twente with just two minutes left on the clock but the 10 men held firm to take all three points back to Groningen.
Vitesse Arnhem 2 v 2 Go Ahead Eagles: Vitesse throw away two goal lead
Vitesse were seemingly cruising to victory after strikes from Marko Vejinovic and Abiola Dauda had given the home side a 2-0 lead.
However, once Vitesse left back Rochdi Achenteh dawdled in his own penalty area to allow Alex Schalk to bring the Eagles back into the game on 75 minutes, a Go Ahead comeback looked on the cards.
Sure enough, with just seven minutes remaining, Mawouna Amevor rose to head past Room in the Vitesse goal to make it 2-2. And Go Ahead were inches away from a remarkable result as Jeffrey Rijsdijk missed a glorious chance in the dying seconds.
Cambuur Leeuwarden 0 v 2 AZ Alkmaar: Three in a row for AZ
AZ moved within a point of fourth placed Feyenoord with a comfortable win at Cambuur.
Nemanja Gudelj gave the visitors the lead on 40 minutes, making no mistake from the penalty spot after Cambuur were punished for a handball
AZ keeper Esteban Alverado had to be on his toes to deny Cambuur’s Michiel Hemmen, but it was left to Gudelj to settle Alkmaar nerves as he bagged his and AZ’s second goal after good work from Jeffrey Gouweleeuw.
Cambuur could have no complaints and the team from Leeuwarden were fortunate not to concede more goals as both Maumer Tankovic and Guus Hupperts missed excellent chances to extend AZ’s lead.
Heerenveen 0 v 1 Heracles Almelo: Seven games and counting for Heerenveen
While Heracles Almelo’s upturn in form continues, hosts Heerenveen failed to register a Eredivisie win for the seventh consecutive match.
Heracles, who had been victorious on their last two visits to the Abe Lenstra stadium, were unfortunate not to take the lead just before the break, after a superb Bryan Linssen overhead kick shaved the Heerenveen post.
Within only two minutes of the restart Linssen turned provider as his right wing cross was finished at the near post by Wout Weghorst.
Heerenveen pushed forward without ever really testing Dennis Telgenkamp in the Heracles goal, and the home team were lucky not to fall further behind as both Linssen and Denni Advic were profligate in front of goal.
NAC Breda 1 v 5 FC Utrecht: Nightmare for NAC as Utrecht run riot
Just as it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for Breda, up turned Utrecht to fire five goals past the hapless home side.
On the back of eight league games without a win, NAC once again found themselves falling behind as Ruud Boymans struck for Utrecht. Hope was restored on 37 minutes after a spectacular strike from Jeffrey Sarpong brought the teams level, however, Edouard Duplan restored the visitors lead in first half injury time.
With the home crowd turning against their team, NAC suffered a second half horror show as further goals from Boymans, Rubio Rubin and Nacer Barazite condemned NAC to yet another painful defeat that saw them slip to second bottom of the Eredivisie.
Excelsior 0 v 5 PEC Zwolle: Five star PEC demolish Excelsior
PEC Zwolle put on a five star show in Rotterdam as Stef Nijland and Mustafa Saymak each bagged a brace to end Excelsior’s five game unbeaten run.
PEC’s Jesper Drost also got in on the act as, at times, the visitors put on an exhibition of free flowing football to lift Ron Jans’ team into sixth place in the Eredivisie.
FC Dordrecht 0 v 4 Willem II: Dark days for Dordrecht
A season long gone from bad to worse was taken to the brink of becoming an embarrassment for FC Dordrecht as visitors Willem II swept aside Ernie Brandts’ side at De Krommedijk.
Rooted to the bottom of the Eredivisie after having lost seven games on the bounce, any hopes Dordrecht had of closing the gap on their nearest relegation candidates were dashed just 16 minutes in.
Ben Sahar doubling Willem II’s lead after in form striker Samuel Armenteros scored the first of two goals on six minutes.
Terell Ondaan took no mercy on a desperate Dordrecht as he fired home Willem II’s fourth in injury time to halt the Tilburger’s own winless run.
The Dutch winter stop can’t come quickly enough for Dordrecht who even at this early stage of the season look doomed to a swift return to the Jupiler League.
Neil Adderly for DutchNews.nl
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