It was a tale of penalties missed in Eindhoven and Den Haag, while Feyenoord maintained a perfect start as ADO and PSV drop points at home, writes Neil Adderley.
Vitesse Arnhem 1 v 1 Utrecht: Points shared in Arnhem
Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored against his former club only for Sebastian Haller to level matters in a dull affair at the Gelredome.
Van Wolfswinkel tapped home after Milot Rashica tricked his way past Utrecht defender Sofyan Amrabat.
Haller replied for the visitors with a trademark header midway through the second half, however neither side created enough to prevent the game ending in stalemate.
Willem II 0 v 0 Roda JC: Scoreless in Tilburg
Willem II and Roda fought out a scoreless draw in Tilburg.
The hosts last home victory came on December 15th 2015 against Roda, and despite spirits being buoyed Willem II couldn’t build on last weekend’s historic win at Ajax.
Darryl Lachman and Erik Falkenburg came closest for Willem II, while for Roda, Tom Van Hyfte and Roel Brouwers failed to beat Kostas Lamprou in the Willem II goal.
Feyenoord 4 v 1 Excelsior: Second half blitz seals derby for Feyenoord
Dirk Kuijt lead by example as the 36 year old Feyenoord captain hit a double in the Rotterdam derby.
Excelsior shocked the Kuip when Nigel Hasselbaink broke down the left before finding Stanley Elbers who made no mistake from close range.
It seemed the third club from Rotterdam would go into the break with the advantage but Kuijt, who had earlier struck a post, volleyed home to restore parity on 44 minutes.
The league leaders took total control of the game with three goals in six second half minutes as Kuijt, Steven
Berghuis and Jens Toornstra put the visitors to the sword to maintain a perfect start for Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s team.
Heerenveen 1 v 0 PEC Zwolle: Larsson gives Heerenveen first win of the season
Sam Larsson needed only 4 minutes to make his mark as the half time substitute fired Heerenveen to a first victory of the 2015/16 Eredivisie.
PEC keeper Mickey van der Hart kept the hosts at bay in the first half, but the introduction of Larsson swung the game in favour of the Frisians as the Swede blasted home from 18 yards.
Anass Achahbar should have levelled matters for struggling PEC late on, but could only steer the ball wide of a gaping goal.
Another defeat for Ron Jans’ side leaves PEC at the foot of the Eredivisie table.
Twente 3 v 1 Sparta Rotterdam: Ziyech double leads Twente to victory
Twente had Hakim Ziyech to thank yet again as the in demand forward hit a brace to see off a battling Sparta.
Ziyech, who by all accounts has played his last game for the Tukkers, opened the scoring with a clever finish on 15 minutes, before Man City loanee Yaw Yeboah doubled the lead for the hosts.
Sparta were given a second half lifeline when Twente keeper Nick Marsman upended Craig Goodwin in the box and Loris Brogno scored from the resulting penalty.
However, Ziyech hit a powerful low drive beyond Roy Kortsmit to restore a two goal lead for Twente.
Reports in the Netherlands claim Ajax, as well as Fenerbahce, have both made an official approach for the talisman, and Ziyech seemed to officially wave goodbye to the Twente supporters when substituted late on in the game.
PSV 0 v 0 Groningen: Ten man Groningen hold the champions in Eindhoven
PSV failed to break down the ten men of Groningen as the champions dropped the first points in defence of the title.
Danny Hoesen came closest to breaking the deadlock as Groningen started on the front foot, but the momentum was lost with 30 minutes on the clock as Juninho Bacuna was shown a second yellow card.
PSV missed a golden opportunity to punish Groningen when after Hans Hateboer fouled Luciano Narsingh, Luuk de Jong failed to beat Sergio Padt in the Groningen goal.
As expected the second half was one way traffic but the hosts, despite creating several chances, could not find a way past the Groningen defence.
Despite having to play out an extra seven minutes at the end of the ninety, the visitors dug in to claim a vital first point of the season while PSV lost ground to league leaders Feyenoord.
Go Ahead Eagles 0 v 3 Ajax: Ajax recovers from Champions League exit
After a difficult week, including being dumped out of the Champions League, Ajax claimed a second win of the season in Deventer.
Captain Davy Klaassen led the way with his third and fourth goals of the season, but not before a Leon de Kogel penalty was stopped by Ajax keeper Andre Onana.
And Klaassen made the hosts pay just three minutes later by firing home from 20 yards.
Klaassen was on target again from the penalty spot ten minutes later and Nemanja Gudelj sealed a comfortable win midway through the second half with a stunning free kick.
ADO Den Haag 1 v 1 Heracles Almelo: Havenaar from hero to villain in Den Haag
Striker Mike Havenaar missed a late penalty to leave ADO having to settle for a point in Den Haag.
The big striker chipped the ball from 12 yards but unlike the penalty made famous by Panenka, the effort sailed embarrassingly over the crossbar.
Havenaar had equalised a Robin Gosens opener, volleying home from a tight angle, but was left red faced and facing the wrath of manager Zeljko Petrovic after his failed penalty attempt.
AZ Alkmaar 2 v 0 NEC Nijmegen: Businesslike AZ claim comfortable win
AZ booked a second win of the season against NEC who were reduced to ten men early in the second half.
A dull first period was only brightened by a Dabney dos Santos header to give AZ a lead going into the break.
Any hopes of a NEC response were dashed when Julian von Haacke collected a second yellow card, and while AZ doubled the lead through Alireza Jahanbakhsh, the hosts created and missed numerous chances to seal an even more comfortable victory.
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