PSV Eindhoven opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie and booked their 14th league win in a row against Feyenoord in Rotterdam.
The hosts had the best chances in an even first half, with Santiago Gímenez just unable to connect with Quilindschy Hartmans’ cross deep into injury time.
PSV struck twice in four minutes midway through the second half, as Ismael Saibari slipped between two defenders to tap in the opening goal from close range, before Oscar Boscagli headed in a corner after Justin Bijlow had done well to turn behind Luuk de Jong’s overhead kick.
Gímenez scored his 17th goal of the season after 81 minutes with a swerving shot that deceived Walter Benitez, but Feyenoord were unable to force an equaliser.
PSV coach Peter Bosz declared himself a “happy man”, but added: “A 10-point lead is a huge amount, but there are still 20 matches to go.”
Bosz singled out Saibari, the scorer of the opening goal, for praise: “He’s a great guy to work with. He’s good on the ball, strong and thinks in terms of the team. He’s a powerhouse in midfield.”
AZ drop points
AZ Alkmaar missed the chance to draw level on points with Feyenoord as they could only draw at Utrecht, who stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches.
That allowed fourth-placed Twente to close the gap on Pascal Jansen’s side with a 3-1 win at Go Ahead Eagles, with Manfred Ugalde opening the scoring for Twente after just 33 seconds.
That wasn’t the fastest league goal of the weekend, as Kaj Sierhuis was on the mark after 18 seconds for Fortuna Sittard as the Limburg club beat bottom side Vitesse.
Sierhuis added a second after 23 minutes and had two chances for a hat-trick when Fortuna were awarded a penalty. Eloy Room saved the first attempt, but the VAR panel ruled he had moved off his line too early and ordered Sierhuis to retake the spot-kick, only for Room to deny him again.
Ajax in top half
Ajax scraped a 2-1 win at NEC thanks to second-half goals from Kristian Hlynsson and Brian Brobbey and will climb to sixth if they see out the final minutes of their suspended match at RKC, where they hold a 3-2 lead, on Wednesday.
Sparta currently hold that position as a goal by Joshua Kitolano and a clutch of fine saves by goalkeeper Nick Olij secured a 1-0 win at Heracles, while Heerenveen’s 3-0 home win against Almere City keeps them in seventh place.
Crisis-hit Volendam, whose coach Wim Jonk resigned along with his entire coaching staff on Friday, fell apart in the last half-hour of their home match against PEC Zwolle, shipping five goals including a hat-trick by Ferdy Druijf.
RKC took a 2-0 lead against Excelsior after an hour as Yassin Oukili scored with a lunging shot in the first half and a deflected strike in the second. But the Brabant club had to settle for a point after captain Dario van den Buijs headed into his own net with 15 minutes to go and Julian Baas smashed in a late free-kick.
Heerenveen 3-0 Almere City
Fortuna Sittard 3-1 Vitesse Arnhem
RKC Waalwijk 2-2 Excelsior
Volendam 0-5 PEC Zwolle
Feyenoord 1-2 PSV Eindhoven
Go Ahead Eagles 1-3 Twente Enschede
Heracles 0-1 Sparta Rotterdam
NEC Nijmegen 1-2 Ajax
Utrecht 1-1 AZ Alkmaar
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