PSV hit seven against PEC, AZ open up gap over Ajax in fourth

Luuk de Jong is congratulated by team-mates after his third goal for PSV against PEC. Photo: ANP/Olaf Kraak

PSV Eindhoven notched up their biggest win of the season with a 7-1 demolition of PEC Zwolle on a weekend when the top four clubs all won.

Luuk de Jong took over as the league’s top scorer with a hat-trick, while Johan Bakayoko scored twice.

PEC Zwolle kept the game competitive in the first half, as Walter Benitez let Eliano Reijnders’ shot slip through his fingers to make the scoreline 2-1 in the 41st minute, but after the break the floodgates opened.

Feyenoord had to work harder to break down Almere City, eventually prevailing in Flevoland as Yankuba Minteh found the top corner with a precise shot from outside the penalty area in the 72nd minute, then tapped in a second in injury time.

AZ opened up a six-point gap over Ajax with two goals by Ruben van Bommel to extend the Amsterdammers’ winless run in the league to four matches. Fans’ anger was concentrated on Danish defender Anton Gaaei, who was run ragged by Van Bommen for the first goal and substituted after just 35 minutes.

Vitesse end drought

Twente Enschede stay five points ahead of AZ in third after Sem Steijn netted twice to end a six-match scoring drought against Go Ahead Eagles, with Joshua Brenet adding a third.

VItesse moved off the bottom of the table as they came from behind to record their first win in eight matches at Excelsior.

Lance Duijvensteijn opened the scoring 25 seconds into the second half by finishing off a neat move, but Paxten Aaronson levelled when a deflected cross fell kindly for him in the penalty area seven minutes later. Captain Nicolas Isimat-Mirin grabbed the points when he glanced in a corner in the 85th-minute to condemn Excelsior to their fourth straight loss.

Vitesse moved ahead of Volendam, who slumped to a 4-0 home defeat to Heerenveen, with Pelle van Amersfoort scoring twice for the visitors.

RKC Waalwijk are just two points ahead of Vitesse after a late thunderbolt by Kaj Sierhuis earned Fortuna Sittard a late win in Brabant and eased the Limburg club’s own worries.

Utrecht extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches as Victor Jensen scored the only goal against Heracles, while NEC midfielder Dirk Proper celebrated his 22nd birthday with a fine turn and shot for the opening goal in a 2-0 win against Sparta.



Utrecht 1-0 Heracles Almelo


NEC Nijmegen 2-0 Sparta Rotterdam

PEC Zwolle 1-7 PSV Eindhoven

RKC Waalwijk 0-1 Fortuna Sittard


Almere City 0-2 Feyenoord

AZ Alkmaar 2-0 Ajax

Excelsior 1-2 Vitesse Arnhem

Twente Enschede 3-0 Go Ahead Eagles

Volendam 0-4 Heerenveen

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