League leaders Feyenoord were beaten for the first time but with none of the top four claiming three points, title rivals fail to take advantage writes Neil Adderley.
Sparta 3 v 1 Heerenveen: Sparta down high flying Heerenveen
The Spartans recovered from a 9th minute Jerry St. Juste goal to take all the points at the Castle. Stijn Spierings brought the hosts level on the quarter hour and Zakaria El Azzouzi gave Sparta the lead four minutes later.
The Frisians pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but Sparta struck again on 69 minutes when Erwin Mulder was left red faced as a Craig Goodwin free kick slipped out of the keeper’s hands and through his legs.
ADO Den Haag 1 v 0 Willem II: Beugelsdijk heads ADO to first win since August
ADO captain and cult hero Tom Beugelsdijk headed home a 56th minute corner to seal a first victory since the opening month of the season.
ADO lost midfielder Kevin Jansen to a seemingly serious knee injury in a first half lacking any meaningful attacks from either side.
However, the home supporters were celebrating 11 minutes into the second period as Beugelsdijk rose highest to power home a header beyond Willem II keeper Kostas Lamprou.
PSV Eindhoven 1 v 1 Twente: PSV held at home by Twente
The stop-start PSV season continued as the champions failed to see off Twente in Eindhoven.
Gaston Pereiro and Bart Ramselaar had the best chances for the hosts in the opening half but both failed to hit the target.
Twente, which defended deep and hoped to hit PSV on the break, came close to opening the scoring when Dejan Trajkovski tested goalkeeper Remko Pasveer.
The visitors found the net in the second period when Manchester City loanee Enes Unal beat Pasveer on 53 minutes.
PSV hit back nine minutes later through defender Hector Moreno, who took advantage of a Nick Marsman fumble before tapping home the equaliser.
Twente retreated as PSV captain Luuk de Jong missed a glorious chance, while Oleksandr Zinchenko almost won it for the Tukkers as his effort came back off the crossbar.
NEC Nijmegen 1 v 1 Groningen: Kadioglu rescues NEC once again
17 year old Ferdi Kadioglu came off the bench to score for the second consecutive game and deliver a point for NEC.
Groningen had the upper hand in a game in which both sides failed to impress, however, the visitors eventually broke the deadlock on 78 minutes as Tom van Weert slid home a Yoell van Nieff cross.
The visitors’ lead lasted only five minutes as teenager Kadioglu beat Sergio Padt in the Groningen goal to rescue a point for the hosts.
PEC Zwolle 0 v 0 Roda JC: Roda claim vital point in Zwolle
PEC and Roda played out an entertaining goalless draw in Zwolle as both sides failed to convert a host of chances.
Queensy Menig and Danny Holla came close for the hosts in the opening 15 minutes, while Mikhail Rosheuvel struck a post for the visitors.
Zwolle almost grabbed the lead before the break but Mustafa Saymak saw his effort crash back off the crossbar.
The second half continued in a similar vein as both sides were guilty of some slack finishing.
Nicolai Brock-Madsen found the net late on for PEC only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul.
Utrecht 2 v 1 Excelsior: Utrecht condemn Excelsior to six defeats in a row
Second half goals from Yassin Ayoub and Nacer Barazite dealt Excelsior a sixth consecutive defeat in Utrecht.
The visitors had the best of a poor opening period as the pace of Mike van Duinen caused Utrecht problems.
The home side finally came into the game before the break as firstly Sofyan Amrabat struck a post before Richairo Zivkovic was denied by Excelsior keeper Tom Muyters.
Utrecht finally found the target two minutes into the second half through Ayoub, and Barazite doubled the advantage seven minutes later with a pinpoint shot.
Substitute Stanley Elbers gave the away team an 83rd minute lifeline but the goal proved to be no more than a consolation for struggling Excelsior.
Vitesse Arnhem 1 v 2 Heracles Almelo: Fifth home defeat of the season for Vitesse
Heracles returned to Almelo with all three points after overturning a goal deficit in Arnhem.
Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel gave the hosts a 57th minute advantage, but Heracles hit back just four minutes later as Brahim Darri rifled the ball into the top corner of the net.
And the visitors condemned Vitesse to a fifth home defeat of the season as Samuel Armenteros made no mistake with a 75th minute penalty after Brandley Kuwas was upended in the box.
AZ Alkmaar 2 v 2 Ajax: AZ hold Ajax in Alkmaar
AZ held Ajax in an entertaining draw at a rain soaked AFAS Stadium. Striker Wout Weghorst gave AZ a deserved 13th minute lead after Ajax defender Joel Veltman had hit his own post, and Robert Muhren failed to convert after being left one-on-one with Ajax keeper Andre Onana.
Ajax, pushed back by a rampant AZ in the opening half an hour, finally registered an effort on goal but a Hakim Ziyech shot failed to trouble Sergio Rochet in the AZ goal.
Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore brought Ajax level immediately after the break after sloppy play from AZ defender Stijn Wuytens.
And with the Amsterdammers on the front foot captain Davy Klaassen gave Ajax the lead after following in on a Amin Younes shot.
AZ looked a beaten side but when Alireza Jahanbakhsh found Weghorst on 78 minutes the big striker grabbed his and his team’s second goal to bring the sides level.
Go Ahead Eagles 1 v 0 Feyenoord: League leaders suffer first defeat of the season
Feyenoord came into the late Sunday game against foot of the table Go Ahead with a chance to pull further ahead of its title rivals, but instead suffered a first Eredivisie defeat of the 2016/17 season.
The hosts showed little respect for the league leaders and took a deserved lead on the half hour when Jarchinio Antonia tapped home after good work from Daryl Maatsen.
Jan-Arie van der Heijden found the net for the visitors only for the goal to be chalked off after Steven Berghuis was adjudged to have handled before delivering his cross.
Feyenoord improved after the break but both Jens Toornstra and Eljero Elia failed to hit the target as Go Ahead held firm.
And despite the hosts missing a glaring opportunity to put the game beyond Feyenoord, as Antonia failed to beat stand-in keeper Per Hansson, the Eagles held on to claim a first win in 31 years against Feyenoord.
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