PSV two points clear in Eredivisie as AZ and Feyenoord also win

Vangelis Pavlidis of AZ became the third player to score in seven consecutive league games. Photo: ANP/Ed van de Poel

PSV Eindhoven hold a two-point lead in the Eredivisie after stretching their winning streak to seven matches against bottom side Volendam.

Noa Lang gave PSV an early lead with a rasping shot from just inside the penalty area, but it took until the 47th minute for half-time substitute Guus Til to add the second.

Calvin Twigt gave the battling Volendammers hope with a penalty after 76 minutes, until Malik Tillman secured the points for PSV deep into injury time.

AZ Alkmaar bounced back from their first dropped points against Heracles in midweek to sweep aside Fortuna Sittard with a 4-0 win. Vangelis Pavlidis scored for the seventh league match in a row, a feat only twice achieved before.

Vaessen knockout

The match between RKC and Ajax had to be abandoned five minutes before the end after RKC’s goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen was knocked unconscious in a clash with Ajax striker Brian Brobbey.

Ajax were leading 3-2 at the time after RKC had twice equalised, before Steven Bergwijn put the visitors back in front. The KNVB will decide later this week whether the remaining six minutes plus injury time should be played.

Vaessen was released from hospital on Sunday after being kept in overnight and was reported to be recovering well.

Champions Feyenoord remain unbeaten after a workmanlike 3-1 win over Go Ahead Eagles. Santiago Gímenez took his tally for the season to 10 with a late strike, after Yankuba Minteh and Calvin Stengs had given the team a two-goal cushion.

Derby drama

That match was preceded by a minute’s silence for the three victims of the shooting in Rotterdam on Thursday. So too was the city derby between Excelsior and Sparta, which the home side won with a goal by Irish striker Troy Parrott deep into injury time.

Twente Enschede remain a point ahead of Feyenoord as Michel Vlap’s swerving shot in the 65th minute was enough to inflict a fifth straight defeat on Heerenveen.

Almere City booked a historic first Eredivisie win at the seventh time of asking as they added to Ron Jans’s troubles at Utrecht. Thomas Robinet and Rajiv van La Parra struck in the last 10 minutes, after Utrecht’s Hugo Novoa had been dismissed for a second yellow card.

The all-Gelderland clash between NEC and Vitesse looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw until a header by Dominik Oroz gave the visitors the lead in the last minute. Million Manhoef made sure with a third deep in injury time.

In the weekend’s other derby, Heracles came back from 1-0 down to beat Zwolle as Emil Hansson struck twice with a penalty and a curling shot from outside the area, after Lennart Thy had given the visitors the lead early in the second half.



Feyenoord 3-1 Go Ahead Eagles

PSV Eindhoven 3-1 Volendam

RKC Waalwijk 2a-3a Ajax (abandoned after 84 minutes: serious injury)

Utrecht 0-2 Almere City


AZ Alkmaar 4-0 Fortuna Sittard

Excelsior 2-1 Sparta Rotterdam

Heracles 2-1 PEC Zwolle

NEC Nijmegen 1-3 Vitesse Arnhem

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