Vitesse move level with Twente
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie, including a comfortable victory for Vitesse.
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Vitesse Arnhem responded to FC Twente's win on Saturday by beating Roda JC 3-0 to make it all-square again at the top of the Eredivisie.
Fred Rutten's side were inactive on Saturday but made it 34 points all on Sunday with a comfortable victory.
They are second by a goal difference of one.
Brazilian striker Jonathan Ries scored twice for the 'Hollywood on the Rhine' today, taking his tally for the season to nine in the 42nd and 62nd minutes.
Marco van Ginkel had put them ahead in the 10th minute.
In Nijmegen, NAC Breda secured a point from a 1-1 draw with NEC that helps their plight at the bottom of the table, but they headed home wondering what might have been.
Veteran striker Anthony Lurling put them ahead six minutes after the break at the McDOS Goffertstadion, and they looked set for a maximum return which would have put four points between them and the bottom.
But Melvin Platje had other ideas, scoring an 81st-minute equaliser for Alex Pastoor's men which keeps them in and around the upper echelons of mid-table.
NEC are on 23 points, two behind FC Utrecht, who enjoyed a 2-1 home win over AZ Alkmaar at Stadion Galgenwaard to arrest a run of three games without success.
They too left it late, with Zambia international striker Jacob Mulenga scoring the decisive goal with seven minutes remaining.
Before that, they had taken the lead through half-time substitute Leon De Kogel, who made an immediate impact just three minutes after coming on.
Etienne Reijnen had levelled for AZ, who continue to flounder in the lower reaches of the table.
The day's other game, another mid-table tussle, saw Groningen come out as 2-0 winners against Heracles at the Euroborg.
Michael de Leeuw continued to shine for the Pride of the North, scoring his eighth goal in 14 appearances this season in the 63rd minute, three minutes after Marko Vejinovik's own goal had put them ahead.
The Holland Under-21 international defender did not have the best of afternoons, and was sent off for handball in the last minute.
PSV Eindhoven crashed to their second consecutive defeat at champions Ajax to allow FC Twente to take over at the top of the Eredivisie.
Dick Advocaat's PSV saw an eight-game winning run ended by surprise packets Vitesse Arnhem last weekend and a trip to Amsterdam produced a further blow to their ambitions as they slumped 3-1.
Jeremain Lens had sent PSV into the break level as he fired a 36th-minute equaliser after Siem De Jong opened the scoring seven minutes earlier.
The score remained locked until Danny Hoesen broke through 18 minutes from the end and Viktor Fischer sealed Ajax's win - their fourth on the spin - in the shadows of full-time.
PSV's slip allowed Twente to jump a point clear at the top with a 2-0 win over 10-man ADO Den Haag.
Tjaronn Chery saw red on 49 minutes and Twente's goals followed thereafter with Dusan Tadic (55) and Dmitri Bulykin (83) on target.
Fifth-placed Feyenoord remained on the coat-tails of the top clubs after they were also 2-0 winners over RKC Waalwijk.
Graziano Pelle (45, 57) grabbed both goals to leave the Rotterdammers four points off the top.
Willem II snatched a second league win 3-1 over Heerenveen although it was not enough to lift them off the foot of the table.
They needed late goals from Hans Mulder (79) and Aurelien Joachim (90) after Alfred Finnbogason (70) had cancelled out Virgil Misidjan's 18th-minute opener.
A forgettable night for Heerenveen also saw Jeffrey Gouweleeuw dismissed on 84 minutes.
PEC Zwolle and VVV-Venlo played out a goalless draw on Friday evening which did little for either team's cause.
The promoted hosts had the better of the chances but could not find a way past VVV goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa, who produced a fine reflex save on the stroke of half-time to keep out Jesper Drost's deflected shot and also denied Denni Avdic in stoppage time.
The result lifted VVV one place to 16th in the standings - one position and still two points worse off than their opponents.