With two rounds of games played in the 2015/16 Eredivisie, only Ajax and Feyenoord can boast a 100% record.
Champions PSV secured an easy first win, Heracles opened a redeveloped stadium with a wonder goal, while newly promoted De Graafschap are alone as the only team not to have secured a solitary point, writes Neil Adderley.
Vitesse Arnhem 3 – 0 Roda JC: Vitesse cruise past ten-man Roda
Goals from Chelsea loanees Lewis Baker and Nathan eased Vitesse to victory at the Gelredome. Roda JC fired the first warning shot of a tight first half, as Farshad Noor struck a post in the opening exchanges. Vitesse responded but Abiola Dauda and Valeri Qazaishvili failed to convert.
The hosts eventually took the lead after Ard van Peppen handled on the line. Van Peppen received his marching orders and Baker made no mistake from the spot.
With Roda a man down, Peter Bosz’ team controlled the second period and virtually settled the tie as Dauda beat visiting keeper Benjamin van Leer on 68 minutes. The points were well and truly secured in the dying minutes as substitute Nathan sidestepped two Roda defenders before finishing smartly.
De Graafschap 0 – 3 PEC Zwolle: Ruthless PEC punish De Graafschap
PEC Zwolle spoiled the party in Doetinchem as the Eredivisie returned to De Vijverberg. Both teams struggled with the torrential conditions in a first half devoid of any clear cut chances.
The visitors began the second half in the ascendency and the game swung in favour of Ron Jans’ men with three goals in 16 minutes. Sheraldo Becker’s 50th minute cross was converted by Wouter Marinus, before Bart van Hintum rifled home a first time shot from 25 yards. And when Becker capitalised on a comedy of errors
between Thijs Bouma and keeper Hidde Jurjus, the points were secured for PEC.
Twente 1 – 4 ADO Den Haag: Nightmare for Twente as rampant ADO run riot
New signing Mike Havenaar made an impressive debut for ADO as Henk Frazer’s side destroyed Twente at the Grolsche Veste. Brought in to replace departed top scorer Michiel Kramer, Havenaar made an instant impact as he smashed home a
12th minute Edouard Duplan cross.
ADO doubled the lead when on 26 minutes, under pressure from Havenaar, keeper Nick Marsman failed to deal with a hopeful cross to leave Ruben Schaken a
simple tap in.
Captain Hakim Ziyech gave Twente renewed hope after superbly curling in an early second half free kick, however, ADO continued to threaten and Vito Wormgoor eventually restored the visitors two goal advantage. It was left to the outstanding Duplan whose late diving header heaped more misery on a visibly deflated Twente
Ajax 3 – 0 Willem II: Anwar El Ghazi stars once again for Ajax
Despite an unconvincing first half display, Ajax eventually ran out comfortable winners at the ArenA to make it two wins in two games. The highlight of a disjointed opening period was an 18th minute goal from striker Arkadiusz Milik. The big Polish
forward rising to beat Kostas Lamprou from a Davy Klaassen pinpoint cross. After a strong run on goal from Ajax, loanee Richairo Zivkovic, the young forward delayed his shot long enough for Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald to recover.
Another Ajax loanee, Lesley de Sa, was then denied an equaliser by a fine stretching save from Jasper Cillessen. Willem II were punished shortly after as rising star Anwar El Ghazi fired smartly into the roof of the net.
The in form El Ghazi scored his second and Ajax’ third from an almost identical position. However, Willem II keeper Lamprou will be disappointed after getting a full hand on the shot. El Ghazi now has four goals in two games for Frank de Boer’s table toppers.
Excelsior 2 – 2 AZ Alkmaar: Search for form still on as AZ held in Rotterdam
Both sides claimed a first point of the new Eredivisie season in a tight affair at Woudestein. AZ travelled to Rotterdam on the back of a heavy defeat to Ajax, but John van den Brom’s team again failed to find anything like the form shown in last season’s run in.
An unmarked Jeff Stans gave Excelsior a deserved early lead, only for AZ to level the scores on 14 minutes as Markus Henriksen finished a swift AZ counter with a
smartly struck shot. The expected AZ assault on Excelsior failed to materialise
and the home side again punished some slack marking when Tom van Weert slid home from close range.
Substitute Robert Muhren rescued a point for the visitors after another Hupperts’ assist, but manager Van den Brom will be disappointed not to have taken all the spoils back to Alkmaar.
PSV 2 – 0 Groningen: Champions record first win against understrength Groningen
Having sold the in demand Brazilian Eric Botteghin to Feyenoord, news of an injury to captain and fellow centre half Rasmus Lindgren, came as a huge blow for Groningen. Champions PSV, held to a draw at ADO on the opening day, took immediate advantage when Luciano Narsingh rounded keeper Sergio Padt before slotting home after just six minutes.
With the visitors failing to find a foothold in the game, PSV were dominant without causing the unfamiliar Groningen back four too many real problems. The same pattern continued throughout the second period, however. Philip Cocu could not breathe easily until Narsingh grabbed his and PSV’s second in the 76th minute.
Groningen’s only chance of a disappointing afternoon came when top scorer Michael de Leeuw was denied by a smart Jeroen Zoet save.
Utrecht 1 – 1 Heerenveen: Points shared at De Galgenwaard stadium
A first half Sebastien Haller penalty was cancelled out by a late Luciano Slagveer equaliser in Utrecht. After Heerenveen midfielder Simon Thern missed a glorious early opportunity, the hosts took control with young striker Haller proving a handful for the visitors back four.
And it was Frenchman Haller, reportedly a target for clubs both in Holland and abroad, who made no mistake from the spot on 40 minutes.
Heerenveen eventually found their feet, and the improved second half performance was rewarded when Slagveer volleyed past Robbin Ruiter to level proceedings. A late finger top save from Erwin Mulder in the Heerenveen goal denied Utrecht a winner. The exFeyenoord keeper clawing over a towering Haller header to secure a point for Dwight Lodeweges’ men.
Cambuur 0 – 2 Feyenoord: Dream debut for Michiel Kramer as Feyenoord continue perfect start
Michiel Kramer sealed a big week for himself and Feyenoord after replacing ColinKazim Richards from the bench. Joining fellow new signing Eric Botteghin in the visitors’ squad, Kramer quickly gave the travelling Feyenoord support what they hope will be a taste of things to come. The former ADO Den Haag top scorer expertly fired home a bullet header within ten minutes of his introduction.
But while Kramer may steal the headlines, Henk de Jong’s team can count themselves unfortunate not to have taken at least a share of the points at a rainy Cambuur Stadion. The Friesians pressed Feyenoord back for long periods, and were denied an equaliser when Feyenoord defender Sven van Beek cleared a Martijn Barto effort from behind the goal line.
The officials added insult to injury when Cambuur defender Erik Bakker was wrongly adjudged to have handled in the area. Leaving Dirk Kuijt to wrap up the
points from 12 yards.
Heracles Almelo 3 – 0 NEC: Oussama Tannane lights up redeveloped Polman Stadium
Heracles officially opened the redeveloped Polman Stadium, and the buoyant home fans were treated to an early contender for goal of the season. While Oussama Tannane has something of a controversial reputation, he is also known for his long distance shooting. And after placing the ball 35 yards from goal, the attacking
midfielder hit a 6th minute thunderbolt beyond Hannes Halldórsson and into the top corner of the net.
Heracles were comfortable in their new surroundings, and a Thomas Bruns close range effort after 53 minutes settled any lingering nerves. And the red card shown to NEC’s Marcel Appiah just moments later settled the game as a contest.
Heracles made the most of the numerical advantage, as a memorable day in Almelo was sealed with a cool finish from striker Wout Weghorst.
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