Feyenoord and Ajax take advantage as PSV drop points in Heerenveen. PEC finally win to climb above rock bottom Roda, writes Neil Adderley.
PEC Zwolle 2 v 1 ADO Den Haag: Mokhtar fires PEC to first win of the season
A sensational double from Youness Mokhtar gave PEC three points for the first time in the 2016/17 Eredivisie campaign.
PEC dominated the first period without causing the visitors too many concerns. With Danny Holla and Kingsley Ehizibue coming closest to breaking the deadlock.
ADO caught PEC cold in the opening stages of the second half as Tom Trybull expertly side footed the visitors ahead on 47 minutes.
The hosts drew level four minutes later when Mokhtar cut in from the left before hitting an unstoppable shot into the far top corner of the net.
And Mokhtar handed PEC three priceless points 20 minutes later after leaving ADO defender Jose San Roman in a spin before firing the ball into the roof of the ADO net.
Vitesse Arnhem 2 v 1 Groningen: Vitesse fight back to claim victory in Arnhem
In a game interrupted by a lightning storm Vitesse hit back from a one goal deficit to take the spoils in a tight game.
Groningen opened the scoring after just four minutes when Danny Hoesen made no mistake from the penalty spot after a foul from Milot Rashica on Jason Davidson.
The visitors held Vitesse at bay for a further 40 minutes before Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker hit a pinpoint free kick beyond Sergio Padt in the Groningen goal.
The second half mirrored the first with Vitesse making the play and the visitors hoping to cause damage on the break.
However, the game was decided on 76 minutes when Kelvin Leerdam tapped home from close range after Padt could only parry a Maikel van der Werff header.
Heerenveen 1 v 1 PSV Eindhoven: Frisians hold the champions in Heerenveen
PSV needed an own goal to rescue a point against Heerenveen.
The champions had the better of the first half but Gaston Pereiro and Siem de Jong could find no way past the outstanding Erwin Mulder in the Heerenveen goal.
The second half began with both Steven Bergwijn and Luuk de Jong failing to give the visitors a deserved lead, and PSV were made to pay on 72 minutes as Arber Zeneli stroked home from close range.
The hosts lead lasted only three minutes as Pereiro turned in the box before seeing his weak shot deflected home by the unfortunate Jerry St. Juste.
PSV pushed for a winner but Mulder and his defenders held firm to claim a hard fought point.
Roda JC 0 v 1 NEC Nijmegen: NEC win ‘relegation battle’ in Kerkrade
A 78th minute goal from Kevin Mayi was enough for NEC to claim victory in Kerkrade.
The Mayi goal was the only highlight in a game dubbed as the first relegation duel of the season.
The win moved NEC up to 11th place on six points while Roda remain at the foot of the table and searching for a first win of the season.
Go Ahead Eagles 3 v 0 Excelsior: Go Ahead ease into mid table with comfortable win
Sinan Bytyqi shone for the Eagles as firstly his cross was headed home by Sander Duits after 11 minutes, before the Kosovar was brought down in the box to leave Sam Hendriks to stroke home the first of two penalties.
Terell Ondaan and Kevin Vermeulen came close to halving the deficit for the visitors, who lost Danilo Pantic to two yellow cards.
And it was left to Hendriks to settle the game for Go Ahead with his second spot kick on 72 minutes.
Ajax 3 v 2 Utrecht: Ajax squeeze past bogey team Utrecht
Ajax claimed a fifth consecutive Eredivisie win but had to rely on a dose of fortune to beat Utrecht in Amsterdam.
The visitors, famed for making life difficult for Ajax, opened the scoring through a Kevin Conboy header on 27 minutes.
The away side should have been out of sight before the break but striker Richairo Zivkovic, on loan from Ajax, failed to convert two glorious chances.
Utrecht were punished just two minutes into the second half as the unfortunate Ramon Leeuwin put the ball past his own keeper to bring the hosts level.
Captain Davy Klaassen missed a chance to put Ajax in front from close range, before Lasse Schöne found the net with a 79th minute penalty after Rico Strieder handled in the penalty area.
Hakim Ziyech claimed his first goal for Ajax on 87 minutes, and while substitute Mark van der Maarel pulled an injury time goal back for Utrecht the Amsterdammers held on to secure a fifth win in five games.
Willem II 0 v 2 Feyenoord: Eight wins from eight games for solid Feyenoord
Feyenoord left Tilburg with an eighth straight win as Nicolai Jorgensen and Renato Tapia saw off a stubborn Willem II.
The visitors pressed Willem II from the kick off and were rewarded when top scorer Jorgensen backed heeled a Bilal Basacikoglu cross beyond keeper Kostas Lamprou.
Willem II fought its way back into the game in the second half and should have levelled matters through Funso Ojo, before Bartholomew Ogbeche also failed to find the target.
The building pressure on the Feyenoord defence was finally lifted when substitute Renato Tapia beat three men and fired home past Lamprou on 76 minutes.
The win leaves the league leaders five points clear of Ajax in second place.
Heracles Almelo 1 v 1 Twente: All square in the Twentse derby
Honours were even in an entertaining derby as a Samuel Armenteros goal cancelled out a Mateusz Klich penalty kick.
A tight first half sprung into life when an Enes Unal free kick was handled in the Heracles wall by Mike te Wierik.
Referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the penalty spot and Klich made no mistake to give Twente a 40th minute advantage.
However, the Twente joy was short lived as Armenteros headed home a 42nd minute Brandley Kuwas cross.
Fredrik Jensen had a late chance to win it for Twente but the substitute failed to hit the target with a close range half volley to leave the local rivals with a share of the spoils.
Sparta 1 v 1 AZ Alkmaar: AZ drop two points in Rotterdam
Despite taking an early lead AZ followed last weekend’s disappointing home draw to Go Ahead Eagles by dropping two points at Sparta.
Guus Til marked his full debut for AZ by heading home a 5th minute Ilias Bel Hassani cross. The 18year old striker scoring his second goal for the club in two appearances.
The visitors were in full control but failed to build on the lead with both Fred Friday and Dabney dos Santos guilty of glaring misses.
And AZ were made to pay when Sparta hit back just before the break as 36year old defender Michel Breuer scrambled home a free kick on 40 minutes.
Buoyed by the Breuer goal Sparta enjoyed a bright opening to the second period as AZ keeper Sergio Rochet denied Kenneth Dougal.
While Sparta played out the last few minutes with 10 men after Denzel Dumfries was shown a second yellow, AZ failed to take advantage as both teams settled for a point a piece.
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