Rampant Groningen gain derby bragging rights, PSV hit Cambuur for six, while Ajax are held at FC Twente, writes Neil Adderley.
De Graafschap 1 3 AZ Alkmaar: First win for AZ at pointless De Graafschap
AZ claimed a first win of the season at the fifth time of asking thanks to two goals from Markus Henriksen and a Rajko Brezancic deflected shot.
The visitors dominated throughout to leave newly promoted De Graafschap rooted firmly to the bottom of the Eredivisie.
Defender Nathaniel Will hit a superb equaliser on the stroke of halftime, but any hope of a comeback victory for the ‘Super Farmers’ was quickly snuffed out by a second half Henriksen double.
Roda JC 0 0 NEC Nijmegen: Roda and NEC draw a blank in Kerkrade
Both Roda and NEC have started the season in excellent fashion, but this battle of the newly promoted sides finished in a dull stalemate to leave supporters very little to cheer.
The highlight for the visitors came in the opening minute as Navarone Foor struck a post. Roda believed they had broken the deadlock shortly after, only for Edwin Gyasi’s effort to be ruled out by the assistant referee.
In a second half that mirrored the first, neither side came close to finding a breakthrough in a game that will not live long in the memory.
FC Twente 2 2 Ajax: League leaders rescue point in Enschede
Interim Twente manager Rene Hake almost masterminded a famous victory but was denied by a second half comeback by Frank de Boer’s table toppers.
Ajax conceded a first goal of the season when Felipe Gutierrez fired home from a Hakim Ziyech corner on 12 minutes.
And the talismanic Ziyech doubled the hosts lead with a ‘Panenka’ from 12 yards after Nemanja Gudelj had handled in the 51st minute.
De Boer introduced Viktor Fischer from the bench and the 21 year old Dane repaid his manager with a smart 65th minute finish.
Ajax pushed for an equaliser and when Arsenal loanee Yaya Sanogo was brought down in the box by debutant keeper Joel Drommel, Gudelj made no mistake from the spot.
Cambuur Leeuwarden 0 6 PSV Eindhoven: PSV punish ten man Cambuur
Cambuur started on the front foot but the game was turned on its head when Sander van de Streek was harshly dismissed for handball after just eight minutes.
PSV captain Luuk de Jong converted the resultant penalty, before doubling the visitors lead three minutes
later. And the inform striker completed his hattrick on the stroke of half time.
It was a nightmare scenario for a Cambuur side who had conceded 14 goals in their opening four games.
However, the champions were to show no mercy against the ten men, as firstly Davy Propper, and a Jurgen Locadia double from off the bench, turned the screw on Henk de Jong’s struggling team.
Meanwhile, thanks to Ajax being held at Twente, PSV move within two points of the league leaders.
PEC Zwolle 3 0 Excelsior: Zwolle march on thanks to hattrick hero Veldwijk
Former Excelsior and Nottingham Forest striker Lars Veldwijk was the hero in Zwolle, as Ron Jans’ men continued their excellent start to the Eredivisie season.
The big centre forward burst through the Excelsior defence to give the hosts a deserved 13th minute lead.
And when Filip Kurto’s poor clearance only found Zwolle’s Ouasim Bouy, Veldwijk punished his former team with a clean finish.
Veldwijk then sealed the points for PEC after completing his hattrick from the edge of the penalty area on 54 minutes.
Kurto made up for his earlier mistake with a fine penalty stop in the 83rd minute, but it would be little consolation for the visitors who ended the game with nine men on the pitch.
Groningen 3 1 Heerenveen: Groningen claim bragging rights in derby of the north
Groningen put on their best display of the season so far as Heerenveen were well beaten at the Euroborg.
The hosts got off to a flying start when Danny Hoesen slid home after only forty seconds thanks to some fine work from Bryan Linssen.
And with Heerenveen reeling, Linssen latched on to an excellent Simon Tibbling through ball to double Groningen’s lead in the 15th minute.
The visitors eventually troubled Sergio Padt in the Groningen goal when Luciano Slagveer, who should have halved the deficit, shot tamely and straight at the keeper from 6 yards.
Groningen remained in control after the break but were punished by Heerenveen midfielder Simon Thern, who volleyed home after some sloppy defending.
However, manager Erwin van de Looi was rewarded for a positive change when winger Mimoun Mahi secured all three points for Groningen in the derby of the north.
The tricky Dutch U21 wideman danced through the visitors defence before beating Erwin Mulder in the Heerenveen goal.
ADO Den Haag 0 1 Heracles Almelo: Three more points for surprise package Heracles
A stunning start to the season continued for Heracles with a battling win at the Kyocera Stadion.
Wout Weghorst scored the winning goal against the run of play after converting a Wout Droste cross on 38 minutes.
The big striker’s header was enough to secure another three points for John Stegeman’s side and lift Heracles into second place in the table.
Feyenoord 1 0 Willem II: Elia squeezes Feyenoord past Willem II
Substitute Eljero Elia, with his first goal since returning to the Eredivisie, handed Feyenoord a hard fought win over a stubborn Willem II.
Michiel Kramer, on his first start for Feyenoord, was denied early on by Kostas Lamprou, and the Willem II keeper was on hand to foil Karim el Ahmadi as Feyenoord dominated.
At the other end, Kenneth Vermeer twice kept Willem II at bay, saving smartly from both Erik Falkenberg and Lesley de Sa.
Feyenoord eventually broke the deadlock as Elia showed his pace before beating Lamprou after good work from Bilal Basacikoglu.
The win moves Feyenoord up to third in the table and within one point of fierce rivals Ajax.
Utrecht 2 1 Vitesse Arnhem: Rising star Ramselaar hits Utrecht winner
A first half assist, and a 50th minute goal from new hero Bart Ramselaar, gave Utrecht a deserved victory over Peter Bosz’s Vitesse.
Vitesse struggled to cope with a slick start from Utrecht, and Willem Janssen gave the hosts a deserved lead from a Ramselaar corner on 15 minutes.
However, Guram Kashia was on hand to capatalise on a Robbin Ruiter fumble to level the scores just four minutes later.
Despite the setback, Utrecht pushed forward and were unfortunate not to take a lead into the break.
However, both Sean Klaiber and Janssen failed to beat Eloy Room in the Vitesse goal.
Utrecht were eventually rewarded for their endeavour in the second half as match winner Ramselaar turned sharply in the box before beating the despairing Ruiter.
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