Feyenoord and Ajax profit as PSV held in the Brabant derby, Excelsior win against local rivals Sparta, while ten man Utrecht hold Twente in Enschede, writes Neil Adderley.
Heerenveen 1 v 1 Vitesse Arnhem: Supersub Henk Veerman rescues point for Heerenveen
Henk Veerman enhanced his unwanted supersub status with an 84th minute equaliser for Heerenveen. The big striker entered the fray in the 78th minute before bringing the sides level six minutes later.
A disappointing game burst into life after 72 minutes when a beautiful lob from Lewis Baker gave the visitors a late advantage.
However, Vitesse let another lead slip as Veerman spun in the penalty box before slipping the ball under the advancing keeper Eloy Room.
Heracles Almelo 2 v 1 Go Ahead Eagles: Armenteros double delivers three points for Heracles
Heracles came back from a one goal deficit to claim all the points at the Polman Stadion. Jarchinio Antonia hushed the home crowd with a goal against the run of play in the 17th minute. The Eagles striker finishing smartly in the box when found by Joey Groenbast.
Heracles struggled to break down the Go Ahead defence after the break but eventually found a chink in the armour as Samuel Armenteros hit an unstoppable volley past Eagles keeper Theo Zwarthoed.
And Armenteros sealed a third victory of the season for Heracles in the 84th minute with a pinpoint far post shot.
Willem II 0 v 0 PSV Eindhoven: PSV drop more points in the Brabant derby
The stop-start season for the reigning Eredivisie champions continued as PSV were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Willem II.
Willem II started the game aggressively and were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty as PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet clearly upended Jordy Croux in the area.
PSV captain Luuk de Jong came closest to opening the scoring for the visitors but was twice denied by Willem II keeper Kostas Lamprou.
At the other end Thom Haye was denied by Zoet with the PSV keeper pulling off a fine stop, as both sides failed to break the derby deadlock.
Excelsior 3 v 2 Sparta Rotterdam: Excelsior hold on to claim Rotterdam derby triumph
Excelsior put an end to a run of six straight defeats in a five goal Rotterdam derby thriller. Sparta striker Loris Brogno gave the visitors a 22nd minute lead only for Excelsior to hit back in quick succession as Stanley Elbers and Fredy turned the game on its head for the hosts.
A 65th minute Nigel Hasselbaink penalty extended the home side’s lead before Denzel Dumfries hit back for Sparta just five minutes later.
The Spartans pushed for an equaliser but never troubled the Excelsior defence as the hosts held on comfortably to claim the derby spoils.
Groningen 2 v 1 ADO Den Haag: Groningen run out deserved winners at the Euroborg
Goals in each half from Hans Hateboer and Tom Van Weert were enough for Groningen to claim three much needed points. Hateboer registered his first ever Eredivisie goal as the defender volleyed home after 10 minutes.
The hosts pushed to double the advantage but both Tom Van Weert and Etienne Reijnen failed to beat Ernestas Setkus in the ADO goal.
And the home side were made to pay on 42 minutes as Edouard Duplan equalised for ADO against the run of play.
Van Weert restored the lead for Groningen after 54 minutes, finishing from a tight angle when found by a Reijnen through ball. And the hosts held on comfortably to pull away from the basement of the Eredivisie table.
Roda JC 1 v 1 AZ Alkmaar: All square in stormy Kerkrade
AZ striker Wout Weghorst rescued a point for AZ in game battered by the weather in Kerkrade. The wind had the upper hand in the first half with neither side threatening to break the deadlock.
That was until a mistake by veteran defender Ron Vlaar allowed Abdul Ajagun to bare down on goal before firing home his first Eredivisie strike on 39 minutes.
While both sides struggled in the face of a fierce wind in the second period, AZ dealt with the conditions the better of the two, and striker Weghorst volleyed home after 59 minutes to give the visitors a share of the points.
Ajax 5 v 0 NEC Nijmegen: Dolberg hits hat trick for five star Ajax
Ajax hit sorry NEC for five as a first half Kasper Dolberg hat trick set the tone in Amsterdam.
The 19-year old Dane opened the scoring on 19 minutes, bringing the ball down the ball with his chest, controlling with the knee, before powering into the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net.
Dolberg doubled the tally five minutes later, side footing home from 15 yards, before securing a first half hat trick with a 37th minute back header.
Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore hit a fourth for Ajax after 55 minutes, quickly followed by a Lasse Schone drive past NEC keeper Joris Delle.
However, the day belonged to the young Danish striker Kasper Dolberg who claimed a first match ball in Ajax colours with an outstanding display.
Twente 1 v 1 Utrecht: Ten man Utrecht claim point in Enschede
Utrecht came away with a share of the spoils despite playing 81 minutes with ten men.
Defender Ramon Leeuwin was given his marching orders after a ninth minute foul on Enes Unal, and the visitors suffered a further setback when Hidde ter Avest opened the scoring for Twente on 22 minutes.
However, the visitors hit back four minutes later when striker Richairo Zivkovic headed home.
Twente missed a host of chances in the opening period of the second half as Unal, Bersant Celina and substitute Dylan Seys failed to find the net.
At the other end Utrecht striker Sebastian Haller was denied by Twente keeper Nick Marsman.
The hosts pushed the ten men back for the remainder of the second half but Utrecht held on to claim a deserved point.
Feyenoord 3 v 0 PEC Zwolle: First win in three games for leaders Feyenoord
Goals from Dirk Kuijt, Karim El Ahmadi and Jens Toornstra gave Feyenoord victory over PEC in Rotterdam.
Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen was denied by a Wout Brama goal line clearance before veteran Kuijt broke the deadlock after 38 minutes.
The unfortunate Jorgensen saw his header drop wide when it seemed easier to score, but Feyenoord eventually doubled the lead when El Ahmadi beat PEC keeper Mickey van der Hart from distance.
And the league leaders secured a first win in three games when Toornstra fired home from the edge of the area on 76 minutes.