PSV back on top

  • Last Updated: January 27 2013, 17:48 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie with PSV returning to the summit.

Tim Matavz: Set the ball rolling for PSV

PSV Eindhoven continue to lead the way in the Eredivisie after both of their nearest rivals failed to pick up wins on Sunday afternoon.

FC Twente were unable to break down a stubborn Feyenoord defence as the teams played out a goalless draw in Rotterdam.

Ajax, meanwhile, saw an eight-match unbeaten run ended with a 3-2 defeat at Vitesse Arnhem.

The Amsterdam visitors were two goals up after an own goal from Guram Kashia (33) and Christian Eriksen's 65th-minute strike.

But Theo Janssen's reply four minutes later sparked a Vitesse fightback, and two goals in three minutes from Patrick van Aanholt (79) and Renato Ibarra (81) turned the match around.

Defeat leaves Ajax third in the standings, two points behind Twente and three adrift of leaders PSV.

FC Utrecht consolidated their top-six placing with a 3-1 victory over basement side Willem II.

Goals from Anour Kali (48), Edouard Duplan (67) and Bob Schepers (89) put Utrecht in the driving seat before a last-minute consolation from Rob Haemhouts.

Soren Rieks hit a late winner as NEC Nijmegen edged out FC Groningen 2-1.

Rens van Eijden's 11th-minute opener for NEC was cancelled out by Lorenzo Burnet after 67 minutes, but the home side took the lead once more 10 minutes from time through Rieks.

A red card for Mitchell Schet in the dying minutes capped a frustrating afternoon for Groningen.

PSV Eindhoven returned to the top with a 5-1 mauling of Heracles on Saturday.

First-half goals from Tim Matavz and Jeremain Lens set PSV on their way as the Eindhoven club sought to bounce back from last week's shock 3-1 home loss to Zwolle.

Heracles halved the deficit just after the hour-mark through Everton but that just served to spark PSV back into life as they responded with three goals in quick succession.

Georgino Wijnaldum made it 3-1 in the 66th minute, Dries Mertens added a fourth in the 72nd minute and then Wijnaldum completed the scoring with his second four minutes later.

Seventh-placed ADO Den Haag will be disappointed not to have taken three points from the visit of relegation-battling Roda JC as they twice led and boasted a man advantage for almost the entire second half only to have to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Mike van Duinen put draw specialists ADO ahead in the 14th minute but they were pegged back through Mikolaj Lebedynski's equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

Roda were then reduced to 10 men four minutes after the break when Sanharib Malki was given his marching orders, and ADO looked to have made their extra man count when Danny Holla slotted home a 78th-minute penalty.

However, ADO lost their numerical advantage and their lead with three minutes to go when Vito Wormgoor was sent off for handball inside the area, conceding a penalty in the process.

ADO goalkeeper Gino Coutinho managed to turn Mark-Jan Fledderus' spot-kick onto the post, but the rebound was slotted home by the Roda midfielder to leave the home side with their 10th draw in 20 Eredivisie matches this season.

Elsewhere, Zwolle were almost brought crashing back to earth following their PSV upset as they trailed 1-0 at home to Heerenveen heading into the final six minutes, but substitute Denni Avdic cancelled out Alfred Finnbogason's 46th-minute opener to salvage a draw.

NAC Breda, meanwhile, beat RKC Waalwijk 4-0 away with Danny Verbeek (56 minutes), Jordy Buijs (58), Alex Schalk (80) and Eric Botteghin (90) the men on the scoresheet.

On Friday night, AZ Alkmaar earned their third win in four Eredivisie matches by downing struggling VVV-Venlo 4-1 away from home.

Adam Maher put AZ ahead in the 27th minute but VVV, seeking to avoid a third successive defeat, drew level seven minutes into the second half thanks to Uche Nwofor.

However, three goals in 11 minutes immediately after settled the game as a contest as AZ stormed clear with strikes from Donny Gorter (55 - penalty), Jozy Altidore (62) and Etienne Reijnen (66).


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