Eredivisie weekend round up: Ajax profit from Van Beek nightmare

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Ajax hit Roda for six, PSV in nine goal thriller, while Feyenoord are floored by horrific Van Beek own goal, writes Neil Adderley.

Heracles Almelo 2 ­ 1 Willem II: Dream start maintained in Almelo

Goals from Jaroslav Navratil and Ramon Zomer gave Heracles an eighth win in eleven games.

Navratil struck on just three minutes after latching on to the excellent Thomas Bruns’ through ball. And Bruns was at the heart of Heracles’ second goal after his corner was nodded home by Zomer on the half hour.

Willem II replied through club top scorer Erik Falkenburg, but it would not be enough to halt Heracles’ superb start to the Eredivisie season.

Groningen 2 ­ 0 PEC Zwolle: Return for Jans ends in defeat

Former Groningen player and manager Ron Jans was left licking his wounds as his PEC Zwolle side suffered a fourth defeat in five games at the Euroborg.

Michael de Leeuw opened the scoring for the hosts with a powerful header from a fourth minute Jarchinio Antonia cross.

And Groningen doubled the advantage on the hour when Lorenzo Burnet finished smartly from ex­PEC midfielder Jesper Drost’s through ball.

PEC rarely threatened Sergio Padt in the Groningen goal, leaving the hosts to claim all three points in a comfortable victory.

Ajax 6 ­ 0 Roda JC: Roda hammered in the Amsterdam ArenA

Ajax hit Roda for six to remain at the top of the Eredivisie table. The visitors were shellshocked within the opening five minutes after goals from Viktor Fischer and Arkadiusz Milik.

Milik turned provider on the half hour mark as his cross was volleyed home by Davy Klaassen.

The Polish international then grabbed his second assist when another cross was slid home by Fischer.

Milik hit his second and Ajax’ fifth from a free kick, before Klaassen finished the rout in injury time to leave the Amsterdammers three points clear at the top of the table.

Excelsior 0 ­ 3 Vitesse Arnhem: Vitesse cruise to victory in Rotterdam

Goals from Dominic Solanke, Kevin Diks and Milot Rashica helped ease Vitesse past Fons Groenendijk’s Excelsior.

The hosts, who had been dumped out of the Dutch cup by amateurs Excelsior 31 in midweek, had no answer to a slick display from Peter Bosz’ side.

Solanke opened the scoring from the spot after Excelsior captain Sander Fischer had needlessly handled on 16 minutes.

Vitesse continued to dominate throughout but had to wait until early in the second period before right back Kevin Diks doubled the lead with an angled drive.

And the game was settled on 54 minutes when Milot Rashica cut inside before expertly finishing past Excelsior keeper Tom Muyters.

De Graafschap 3 ­ 6 PSV Eindhoven: Champions see off De Graafschap in nine goal thriller

PSV allowed a three goal lead to slip before eventually racing away to a 6­3 victory at De Graafschap.

The game seemed done and dusted after a Davy Propper double and a Andres Guardado free kick put the champions three ahead.

However, a late first half goal from Andrew Driver was the signal for a remarkable fightback from the hosts.

Alexander Bannink made it 3­2 after the break, and with PSV rocking, Nathan Kabasele levelled matters on the hour mark.

PSV responded just four minutes later through captain Luuk de Jong, before the visitors survived an almighty scramble as PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet twice denied De Graafschap another equaliser.

Luciano Narsingh eventually restored a two goal margin for the champions, before substitute Gaston Pereiro added a sixth to bring the curtain down on an extraordinary game.

ADO Den Haag 1 ­ 0 Feyenoord: Nightmare for van Beek as Feyenoord lose ground

Feyenoord defender Sven van Beek had an afternoon to forget in Den Haag as his horrific own goal gave the hosts victory.

Without a win in eight games, ADO set out to make it difficult for Feyenoord, and the visitors struggled to deal with the hosts high tempo approach.

ADO striker Mike Havenaar twice came close on either side of halftime, before Sven van Beek sliced horribly past his own keeper and into the net on 69 minutes.

Despite going down to ten men, after Edouard Duplan was show red for a stamp on Bilal Basacikoglu, Feyenoord failed to breach the ADO defence.

With the teams due to meet next weekend, the costly defeat leaves the Rotterdammers three points behind league leaders Ajax.

Utrecht 4 ­ 2 Twente: Unbeaten home run continues for Utrecht

In form Utrecht put five past cup holders Groningen in midweek, and Erik ten Hag’s side continued in similar fashion against struggling Twente.

Despite going behind to a Thomas Agyepong drive on 18 minutes, the hosts put on an impressive display to prolong their unbeaten home record.

Timo Letschert equalised before the half hour mark, before Twente keeper Joel Drommel could only divert a Nacer Barazite cross into his own net.

The lead however lasted only three minutes as Twente talisman Hakim Ziyech rifled past Robbin Ruiter to send the teams into the break all square.

Barazite restored the lead for the hosts after excellent work from Bart Ramselaar, and Utrecht finally saw off Twente on 88 minutes when Sebastian Haller converted from the penalty spot.

Heerenveen 2 ­ 0 Cambuur Leeuwarden: All too easy for Heerenveen in Frisian derby

Two first half goals were enough for Heerenveen to claim all three points against fellow Frisians Cambuur.

Foppe de Haan’s side got off to a flying start when Cambuur defender Wessel Dammers diverted a Caner Cavlan cross into his own net after just four minutes.

And Heerenveen doubled the advantage from the penalty spot on 30 minutes.

Djavan Anderson was harshly adjudged to have brought down Cavlan in the box, and Mitchell Te Vrede kept his cool to make it 2­0 for the hosts.

Cambuur’s best chance came when midfielder Jack Byrne hit the bar from a second half free kick.

However, with Te Vrede, Cavlan and Kenny Otigba all failing to convert for the hosts, it was Heerenveen who remained the more threatening.

AZ Alkmaar 2 ­ 4 NEC Nijmegen: Impressive NEC up to sixth in the Eredivisie

Newly promoted NEC continued an excellent start to the season with a stunning away victory in Alkmaar.

Young Belgian winger Anthony Limbombe, who excelled throughout, gave the visitors a deserved lead with a stunning free kick on the half hour mark.

The lead lasted less than five minutes as Markus Henriksen equalised with a smart strike, however, Christian Santos put NEC back in front before the break with a superb volley.

Lucas Woudenberg made it 3­1 for NEC within minutes of the restart, before the outstanding Limbombe sealed the points with another excellent finish on the hour.

AZ pulled one back as Henriksen headed home from close range, but it was to be no more than a consolation in a disappointing home display from John van den Brom’s side.

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