NEC Nijmegen striker Bas Dost has been taken to hospital after collapsing on the pitch in the closing minutes of his team’s match at AZ Alkmaar.
Players from both teams surrounded the 34-year-old after he stumbled and went down with no other players nearby. Medical staff rushed onto the pitch and took Dost, who had regained consciousness, away on a stretcher.
The match was suspended in the 91st minute at the request of NEC, with the away team leading 2-1. The football association KNVB will decide whether to play the remaining minutes of injury time at a later date.
NEC’s managing Wilco van Schaik said Dost was making a good recovery in hospital.
“Things are looking good, in contrast to what we saw on the field,” he said. “Bas blacked out for a second, but they brought him back round. It was a shock for everyone,” he said.
“I think our medics and those of AZ did a great job. Big compliments for how quickly they responded.”
Dost scored the opening goal of the game in the 10th minute with a sublime half-volley from the edge of the area before setting up Magnus Mattson to put NEC 2-0 ahead. AZ pulled a goal back just after half-time through the prolific Vangelis Pavlidis.
In the weekend’s other Eredivisie matches, PSV piled on the woes for Ajax as they overturned a 2-1 half-time deficit to win 5-2 in Eindhoven.
Hirving Lozano scored a hat-trick, while Luuk de Jong and Ismael Saibari turned the match around with two goals in three minutes early in the second half, after Ajax had gone ahead with goals from Branco van den Boomen and Brian Brobbey.
The result means league leaders PSV keep up their 100% record after 10 Eredivisie matches, while Ajax sank to the bottom of the Eredivisie for the first time in their history.
“If you look at our first half, we were absolutely the better team,” interim coach Hedwiges Maduro said after taking charge of the side for the first time since the departure of Maurice Steijn a week ago.
“We have a couple of games in hand [against Volendam and the final minutes of the suspended game against RKC Waalwijk, with Ajax leading 3-2] and we have a string of home matches coming up where we need to focus on ourselves.”
League champions Feyenoord lost for the first time this season to Twente Enschede, who overtook them in third place thanks to an arrow from Manfred Ugalde and a late goal by substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Volendam moved off the bottom of the table with a 3-1 win at home to Excelsior that took them above Utrecht, who drew 0-0 in rain-lashed Sittard, on goal difference.
Heerenveen beat Heracles 3-0 to move up to 11th in the table, one place below PEC Zwolle after the Overijssel club drew 1-1 in Arnhem.
Vitesse Arnhem 1-1 PEC Zwolle
Almere City 0-0 Go Ahead Eagles
Fortuna SIttard 0-0 Utrecht
Heerenveen 3-0 Heracles Almelo
Sparta Rotterdam 2-0 RKC Waalwijk
AZ Alkmaar 1a2 NEC Nijmegen (suspended after 90 minutes: player collapsed)
PSV Eindhoven 5-2 Ajax
Twente 2-1 Feyenoord
Volendam 3-1 Excelsior
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