The Eredivisie has a new top scorer. Memphis Depay, with another outstanding individual performance, scored his 14th and 15th goal of the season to leave PSV twelve points clear at the top of the table. Heerenveen put on another show in Friesland while AZ fought back from 2-0 down to end FC Groningen’s unbeaten home record, writes Neil Adderley
FC Dordrecht 0 – 0 ADO Den Haag: Dordrecht keep survival hopes alive with battling point
Another point for the Eredivisie’s bottom team kept nearest relegation rivals NAC Breda within touching distance. In what was a poor game, referee Serdar Gözübüyük would make all the headlines.
Gözübüyük firstly missing a handball on the goalline by Dordrecht’s Joris van Overeem, before controversially denying new ADO striker Aleksandr Jakovenko his second goal in consecutive games.
However, replays later showed Gözübüyük was correct to rule out the goal for offside.
ADO’s Roland Alberg came closest to breaking the deadlock but failed to take a glorious opportunity early in the second half.
FC Twente 1 – 3 Excelsior: Twente stumble in race for third
FC Twente’s week went from bad to worse as Excelsior stunned Alfred Schreuder’s men in Enschede. On the back of a disappointing 3-0 reverse to ADO Den Haag, Twente started brightly enough and Luc Castaignos was unfortunate to see his effort come back off the upright.
But the home side found themselves one down as Jeff Stans curled home a free kick from the edge of the penalty area. Excelsiors lead didn’t last long when after good work by Youness Mokhtar, the in-form Jesus Corona fired past Damen.
Within minutes of the restart Corona found Castaignos but the striker failed to make contact, and Twente were made to pay when Daan Bovenberg rifled past Sonny Stevens from an Excelsior corner.
The away side secured all three points on 85 minutes through Kevin Vermeulen, lifting Excelsior up to 12th place while Twente slipped to 7th.
Heerenveen 4 – 0 PEC Zwolle: PEC blown away by red hot Heerenveen
Heerenveen continued in a rich vein of form as they made light work of PEC Zwolle at the Abe Lenstra stadion. The home side followed up an excellent 3-1 victory over Feyenoord by overwhelming Ron Jans’ high flying PEC Zwolle.
Two goals within the first first ten minutes, Luciano Slagveer from close range and Sam Larsson from a tight angle, gave Heerenveen the perfect platform to build on an eight game unbeaten run.
And when Jody Lukoki brought down Mark Uth in the box, the German striker made no mistake from the penalty spot to put the game beyond PEC Zwolle before the break.
Heerenveen cruised through the second half until new signing Henk Veerman beat PEC keeper Warner Hahn on 85 minutes to round off an emphatic win.
NAC Breda 0 – 1 Vitesse Arnhem: Resurgent Vitesse leave Breda deep in trouble
Vitesse’s recovery continued as Peter Bosz’ team claimed a third win in a row after a costly mistake from NAC Breda defender defender Menno Koch.
Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore was allowed to steal in and the goal proved enough for Vitesse. A one dimensional NAC, who again failed to test the opposing keeper, are without a win in seven matches and at best seem destined for a battle in the relegation playoffs.
PSV Eindhoven 3 – 1 Utrecht: Unstoppable Memphis Depay brings PSV a step closer to the title
Real Madrid, Manchester United and PSG are forming a queue to acquire the services of PSV forward Memphis Depay. And the 20-year-old once again proved his worth with an outstanding individual performance as PSV moved ever closer to the Eredivisie title.
Depay crossed for Luciano Narsingh to give PSV the lead before the in demand forward made it 2-0 with a stunning run and clinical finish.
Yassine Ayoub halved the deficit for Utrecht after a fine team goal but it was left for Depay, who drilled a free-kick through the visitors wall, to claim all the spoils for PSV.
Feyenoord 2 – 1 Cambuur Leeuwarden: Feyenoord climb back to third
Goals from Karim El Ahmadi and Colin Kazim Richards were enough to overcome ten man Cambuur in De Kuip. Feyenoord knew a win would allow them to leapfrog PEC Zwolle into third, and despite Kazim Richards missing a host of first half chances, Fred Rutten’s side had enough to see off a battling Cambuur.
Jens Toornstra starred for Feyenoord and the midfielder’s shot was parried into the path of El Ahmadi who made no mistake from close range.
Toornstra was again instrumental when his drive struck the fortunate Kazim Richards flush in the face to leave keeper Leonard Nienhuis helpless in the Cambuur goal.
Cambuur lost Bartholomew Ogbeche to a red card, the Nigerian forward shown his marching orders after a dangerous high tackle on Anass Achahbar.
Despite going down to ten men Cambuur pulled a goal back through Martijn Barto, however, Feyenoord held on comfortably to reclaim third spot in the Eredivisie.
Go Ahead Eagles 1 – 2 Ajax: Bizarre own goal stops the Ajax rot
Struggling Ajax were once again far from convincing as Frank de Boer’s team had to rely on a freakish Wesley Verhoek own goal to claim victory in Deventer.
Anwar El Ghazi had given Ajax the lead after being found by fellow winger Ricardo Kishna, but Go Ahead produced a deserved equaliser when Sjoerd Overgoor hit an excellent drive past the sprawling Jasper Cillessen.
The points seemed destined to be shared until luckless goalkeeper Mickey van der Hart, on-loan from Ajax, was fooled by a horrendous bobble from an innocuous Verhoek back pass on 88 minutes.
The fortunate and much needed win leaves Ajax five points clear of third placed Feyenoord and 12 behind table topping PSV.
Willem II 3 – 0 Heracles Almelo: Impressive Willem II move into top half
Promoted Willem II eased past struggling Heracles as Samuel Armenteros, Robbie Haemhouts and a late Joel Veldmate own goal, left the Tilburgers dreaming of an unlikely European playoff place.
Meanwhile Heracles, without a win in six games, find themselves in deep trouble at the wrong end of the Eredivisie table. Led by the dangerous Armenteros, Willem II, who have been this season’s surprise package, have now drawn one and won three of their last five games.
FC Groningen 2 – 4 AZ Alkmaar: Undefeated home record falls to AZ comeback
An eleven month unbeaten run at the Euroborg seemed set to continue until a last minute first half goal signalled the beginning of an extraordinary AZ Alkmaar comeback.
Groningen got off to a flying start after just eight minutes when Steven Berghuis inadvertently deflected a Tjarron Chery free-kick past keeper Esteban.
The Costa Rican stopper then got his bearings all wrong and could only parry a Maikel Kieftenbeld strike into the path of grateful Groningen top scorer Michael de Leeuw.
Groningen, unbeaten at home since March 2014, looked very comfortable until a lapse in concentration in the dying seconds of the first half gave AZ a foothold in the game.
From a seemingly harmless throw in, AZ captain Nemanja Gudelj swung in a far post cross and, unlike static Groningen keeper Sergio Padt and defender Johan Kappelhof, Steven Berghuis reacted to slide the ball home.
The late first half goal was the catalyst for a total Groningen capitulation. Jeffrey Gouweleeuw was left unmarked and equalised for AZ from a corner on the hour mark.
And just five minutes later, Markus Henriksen was given the freedom of the Groningen penalty area to turn the game on its head.
AZ were now in total control and, with eight minutes on the clock, Markus Henriksen found the top corner of Padt’s net for his second and AZ’s fourth.
Az, who next Friday welcome leaders PSV to Alkmaar, move level on points with Feyenoord while Groningen slip a place to tenth.
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