Feyenoord beat PSV to go third
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie, as Feyenoord climbed to within three points of leaders PSV..
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Feyenoord moved third in the Eredivisie table, and within three points of the summit, after coming from behind to beat leaders PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Sunday.
Tim Matavz went close before Jeremain Lens gave PSV the lead in the 34th minute, rounding off a fluent counter-attack.
But Ruben Schaken equalised after an exchange of passes with Marcelo (47) and Graziano Pelle's shot on the turn (68) earned three points for the hosts.
The result saw Feyenoord close to within a point of second-placed Ajax, who needed a late Lasse Schone goal to salvage a 1-1 draw against ADO Den Haag.
Niklas Moisander's error allowed Tjaronn Chery to put ADO ahead against the run of play on the half-hour but Schone struck back five minutes from time.
Sixth-placed FC Utrecht beat Roda JC 4-0 after their relegation-threatened opponents were reduced to 10 men inside the first 20 minutes.
Abel Tamata's dismissal and Jacob Mulenga's successful penalty swung the game Utrecht's way from an early stage and Jan Wuytens (27) gave them a 2-0 half-time lead.
Thomas Oar struck shortly after the interval before Mulenga rounded off the scoring.
NAC Breda won 1-0 away to AZ Alkmaar in the day's final match, Nebojsa Gudelj with the only goal in the sixth minute.
Vitesse Arnhem's unlikely Eredivisie title bid gathered traction as they ran out 5-3 winners in a entertaining contest at Heracles Almelo.
The league's top scorer Wilfried Bony was the star turn for the visitors, the Ivory Coast striker rattling in a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 22 in 24 games.
Marco van Ginkel weighed in with a brace for Vitesse, while Heracles found the target through Lerin Duarte, Geoffrey Castillion and Ninos Gouriye and also lost Thomas Bruns to an 86th-minute red card.
The win sees Vitesse climb to third place, two points behind Ajax and five adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven with both of those sides in action on Sunday.
Bony set the ball rolling with a wonderful, rising drive from 25 yards in the 19th minute and then turned provider for Van Ginkel to make it two four minutes later.
Duarte brought Heracles back to life with a goal on 31 minutes, but when Van Ginkel's second on 51 minutes was backed up another for Bony two minutes later, the match appeared to be over as a contest.
Yet Heracles refused to lie down and grabbed another when Castillion netted in the 73rd minute having just come off the bench, but the hosts' hopes were dented when Bruns was sent off for a second caution in the 86th minute,
Bony finally killed the game off when he completed his treble a minute into injury time, although there was still time for Gouriye to add Heracles' third.
Vitesse's climb up the order came at the expense of FC Twente, who dropped to fifth, a point behind the Arnhem club, after a 2-1 loss at Heerenveen.
The hosts went ahead through Rajiv Van La Parra after quarter of an hour. Dmitri Bulykin levelled after 54 minutes but Heerenveen wrapped up the points when Alfred Finnbogason found the target 11 minutes from time.
Edson Braafheid saw red for Twente inside the final three minutes.
Michael De Leeuw popped up with a stoppage-time winner as FC Groningen climbed to ninth with a 1-0 defeat of PEC Zwolle, who stay just a point above the drop zone.
Second-bottom VVV-Venlo pulled level with Roda JC inside the relegation play-off zone after posting a 1-0 win over RKC Waalwijk courtesy of Marcel Seip 31st-minute effort.
Three first-half goals from NEC ensured that Willem II remain nine points off safety in the Eredivisie table.
Willem have won only two of their 24 league matches and this 3-2 home defeat means they are five points adrift at the bottom while the teams above them all have a game in hand.
They made the ideal start when Rob Haemhouts put them in front inside the opening minute, but an own goal by Tim Cornelisse in the 26th minute followed by a Melvin Platje brace before the break put the visitors in the ascendancy.
Aurelien Joachim reduced the arrears seven minutes into the second half, but Willem could not find another as NEC held out.