Red mist as Heerenveen win
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie, including a thrilling win for Heerenveen over Groningen.
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Three men were sent off at the Abe Lenstra Stadion as Heerenveen came from behind to beat FC Groningen 4-2 on Sunday and reach third place in the Eredivisie table.
Groningen's Timo Letschert was the first player to see red in the 11th minute but Mitchell Dijks' dismissal for the hosts on 31 minutes led to the first goal of the day as Nick Van der Velden converted the resulting penalty.
Substitute Yannick Wildschut (52) and Kenny Otigba (55) then fired Heerenveen into the lead before Johan Kappelhof made it 2-2 with 34 minutes remaining.
Alfred Finnbogason scored a penalty in the 72nd minute and, after Tjaronn Chery received his marching orders 12 minutes from time, the Icelandic forward found the space to add a fourth and final goal just before the final whistle.
Struggling Feyenoord had to scrap to avoid a fourth league defeat with Bruno Martins Indi leaving it late to salvage a 3-3 draw at NEC Nijmegen.
Lex Immers (26) and Samuel Stefanik (30) traded goals in the first half with Jean-Paul Boetius (67) and Victor Palsson (69) repeating the trick in the second, but Stefanik fired NEC into the lead for the first time with only 13 minutes left.
With time ticking away, centre-back Martins Indi popped up with his first goal of the season to grab a stabilising point for Ronald Koeman's side.
NAC Breda stunned 10-man Roda JC with a comprehensive 5-1 win at the Parkstad Limburg Stadion.
Roda would lead for less than a minute. Mitchell Donald's 44th-minute goal was swiftly rubbed out by Kees Kwakman before Elson Hooi (66), Mats Seuntjens (70), Stipe Perica (86) and Jeffrey Sarpong (88) plundered the second-half goals.
Frank Demouge was sent off for the hosts in the 71st minute.
AZ Alkmaar ran out easy 3-0 winners over Go Ahead Eagles.
Aron Johannsson converted a 31st-minute penalty with Viktor Elm and substitute Steven Berghuis rubber-stamping the win in second-half stoppage time.
Elsewhere, Steve De Ridder bagged a first-half brace to edge FC Utrecht to a 2-1 win over RKC Waalwijk. Remy Amieux hit the consolation goal on the hour mark.
On Saturday, two goals in the space of five second-half minutes ensured Ajax claimed a 2-1 win over previously undefeated leaders PEC Zwolle.
The Blauwvingers have been the league's surprise packages after beginning their campaign with four wins and a draw in their opening five matches but their clash with the defending champions was their sternest test to date.
The score remained goalless up until the 72nd minute when Thulani Serero put Ajax ahead before Maikel Van der Werff scored an own goal a little after and while Giovanni Gravenbeek pulled a goal back a minute from time at the Amsterdam ArenA, it was too little too late.
PEC still top the standings by a point after PSV Eindhoven were held to a 2-2 draw at FC Twente.
The hosts twice led through strikes from Shadrach Eghan (17) and Quincy Promes (70), but were pulled back on both occasions through Georgino Wijnaldum (66) and Memphis Depay (83).
Cambuur Leeuwarden claimed their second win of the season after easing to a 2-0 triumph at home to Heracles.
Michiel Hemmen's strike just before half-time put the hosts ahead in the 42nd minute and Bart Schenkeveld's own goal two minutes from time ensured there was no way back for Heracles.
ADO Den Haag's clash with Vitesse at the Kyocera Stadion was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.