PSV held at home, Ajax return to winning ways, while both Feyenoord and Vitesse put on five star away performances, writes Neil Adderley.
Cambuur 1 – 1 AZ Alkmaar: Points shared in Leeuwarden
AZ’s winless run continued as both sides settled for a point in Friesland. Despite the visitors’ positive start it was Cambuur who threatened to break the deadlock through Bartholomew Ogbeche
At the other end, Vincent Janssen’s near post effort was blocked by Cambuur keeper Leonard Nienhuis. And it would be Janssen who opened the scoring in controversial style. The striker controlling the ball with his hand before beating
AZ missed a host of second half opportunities, and were eventually made to pay as Ogbeche stabbed home a flicked on corner.
Groningen 2 – 1 Willem II: Hoesen gives Groningen much needed win
A late Danny Hoesen strike handed the hosts victory at the Euroborg. Dutch U21
international Mimoun Mahi opened the scoring for Groningen. The in-form forward collected a 24th minute Albert Rusnak pass before finishing calmly.
Groningen, who have struggled to find the net in their opening eight games, failed to capitalise on a number of chances. And when Etienne Reijnen put the ball in his own net on 85 minutes, it seemed Willem II would be taking an unexpected point back to Tilburg.
However, Groningen replied almost immediately when substitute Danny Hoesen fired home from the edge of the box to seal a late victory for the hosts.
Heracles 0 – 2 Ajax: Ajax back on track in Almelo
Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Nemanja Gudelj were enough to see Ajax return to winning ways. El Ghazi broke the deadlock after just 13 minutes with a powerful strike that left Heracles keeper Bram Castro helpless.
The hosts responded just minutes later, but Ramon Zomer was adjudged to be in an offside position before heading home a Thomas Bruns free kick. Ajax doubled their advantage on 20 minutes as Gudelj fired another unstoppable shot beyond Castro.
Despite failing to stretch their lead, with both Gudelj and Lasse Schone denied by the woodwork, Frank de Boer’s visitors cruised through the second period to secure a comfortable win.
PSV 1 – 1 Excelsior: Champions held by Hasselbaink stunner
Nigel Hasselbaink shocked the champions in Eindhoven with a late injury time equaliser. PSV were fully expected to build on their impressive win over Ajax, but the visitors ripped up the script with an excellent performance at the Philips Stadion.
Showing no fear, Excelsior were unfortunate not to have taken a first half lead as first Daryl van Mieghem, and then Tom van Weert were denied by Jeroen Zoet.
PSV, who had struggled to break down a stubborn Excelsior rear guard, eventually found an opening with a swift counter attack leaving Davy Propper to beat Tom
The goal lifted the champions and they bombarded the visiting defence. However, after failing to convert numerous chances, it was Hasselbaink and Excelsior who
would have the final word.
Utrecht 1 – 1 Roda JC: All square at Stadion Galgenwaard
Utrecht and Roda could not be separated in a hard fought draw. Sebastien Haller gave the home side the lead on ten minutes, rising highest to head home from six yards. Roda battled back and when Australian Rostyn Griffiths was denied by Utrecht stopper Robbin Ruiter, his fellow countryman Tomi Juric was on hand to level the scores.
Both sides hit the frame of the goal in the second half as Roda and Hicham Faik were denied by the post, while Utrecht’s Timo Letschert also found the woodwork.
Twente 1 – 0 NEC: Twente claim second win of season
Twente defender Peet Bijen fired home from close range to give Twente a much needed three points. Hakim Ziyech, behind everything positive to Twente’s play,
was once again the star of the show. Ziyech, who made a debut appearance for Morocco this week, after turning his back on the Netherlands, was central to the hosts domination in the opening period.
And the pressure eventually paid off as Bijen, left unmarked at the back post, opened the scoring from a 67th minute Ziyech corner.
NEC pressed hard for an equaliser, but Twente keeper Joel Drommel proved unbeatable and the home side held on to notch only a second win of the season.
Heerenveen 2 – 5 Feyenoord: Five star first half for Feyenoord
Dirk Kuijt grabbed a hat trick as five first half Feyenoord goals left Heerenveen embarrassed in Friesland. Kuijt fired past ex-Feyenoord keeper Erwin Mulder after
just seven minutes, before Simon Gustafson claimed his second assist when Michiel Kramer doubled the lead nine minutes later.
Kramer returned the favour as Gustafson rounded off a superb first half performance with a powerful finish. Feyenoord piled the misery on an abject Heerenveen as Kuijt hit two goals in six minutes to claim a first half hat trick.
Heerenveen striker Henk Veerman bagged two second half goals for the hosts. However, neither were of any consolation to the home fans who had witnessed a
shambolic performance from their team.
ADO Den Haag 1 – 1 De Graafschap: Visitors bank first away point
A Gianni Zuiverloon own goal gave De Graafschap a first away point on another disappointing afternoon for ADO. Henk Fraser had seen his side go six games without a win, and the search for three points continues as ADO failed to overcome rock bottom De Graafschap.
The visitors started the brighter of the teams, but it was ADO striker Mike Havenaar who opened the scoring with the home side’s first meaningful attack on 40 minutes.
ADO’s joy was short lived, however, as De Graafschap levelled matters before the break, Zuiverloon diverting a Youssef El Jebli cross into his own net.
PEC Zwolle 1 – 5 Vitesse: Impressive Vitesse punish ten man Zwolle
Vitesse manager Peter Bosz, banished to the stands by the Dutch FA, witnessed his team put on a five star show in Zwolle. Despite a Lewis Baker free kick being cancelled out on fifteen minutes by PEC’s Thomas Lam, Vitesse ran away with this one with their best performance of the season to date.
Dominic Solanke restored the visitors’ lead from the spot after Lam had handled on 21 minutes, before Valeri Qazaishvili extended the lead before the break. And, with 52 minutes on the clock, the game was sealed when Ouasim Bouy was given his marching orders for bringing down Vitesse striker Denys Oliynyk in the penalty
Oliynyk converted from 12 yards to make it 4-1, before man of the match Milot Rashica completed the rout to push Vitesse above PEC in the Eredivisie table.
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