PSV pummel poor Ajax
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie as PSV Eindhoven thrashed champions Ajax 4-0.
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PSV Eindhoven stunned Ajax with a second-half goal blitz as they routed the defending champions 4-0 on Sunday to climb to the top of the Eredivisie standings.
After a goalless opening period, PSV ran riot during a 15-minute spell after the break when they scored four times without reply to end a run of six competitive matches without a win in emphatic fashion.
Tim Matavz opened the floodgates in the 53rd minute following a mistake by Ajax keeper Kenneth Vermeer and then Jetro Willems (61), Oscar Hiljemark (64) and Park Ji-sung (68) struck in rapid succession to finish off the visitors, who also lost by four goals to nil to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The result sees PSV, who suffered a shock 2-0 home loss to Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday, move two points clear of the top of the standings after previous pacesetters PEC Zwolle slumped to a second successive defeat, going down 3-0 at Vitesse Arnhem.
On-loan Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon scored twice for Vitesse, with his goals in the 35th and 88th minutes sandwiching a strike from Kelvin Leerdam (68).
Feyenoord continued their improved form with a 1-0 home win over FC Utrecht, Tonny Vilhena netting the only goal 10 minutes before half-time, while in Sunday's other Eredivisie match NAC Breda beat AZ Alkmaar 3-0.
Danny Verbeek, Rydell Poepon and Elson Hooi all struck second-half goals for NAC who have now won back-to-back matches and scored eight times in the process having started the season with three defeats and two draws.
FC Twente had brought an end to their three-match winless run with a 3-0 victory at Heracles Almelo on Saturday.
Rasmus Bengtsson opened the scoring in the 17th minute and then two goals in quick succession midway through the second half wrapped up the win, Kyle Ebecilio doubling the lead in the 72nd minute and Dusan Tadic adding a third from the penalty spot three minutes later.
Also on 12 points are Heerenveen, who were held to a 3-3 draw at Roda in a match which produced six different scorers and saw no side leading for more than seven minutes at any stage.
Magnus Wolff Eikrem (26 minutes), Alfred Finnbogason (62) and Joey van den Berg (67) were on the scoresheet for Heerenveen with Mitchell Donald (33), Krisztian Nemeth (60) and Guus Hupperts (70) replying for Roda.
FC Groningen had to wait until the final 22 minutes to make their numerical advantage count against 10-man RKC Waalwijk but finally managed to see off their battling visitors in a 4-1 win.
RKC lost Sander Duits to a 37th-minute red card but they managed to hold on until the 68th minute before Groningen managed to take the lead through Nick van der Velden.
Groningen quickly added a second through Genero Zeefuik but RKC refused to concede defeat and they pulled a goal back through Aurelien Joachim in the 73rd minute to set up a tense finale for the home side.
RKC could not find an equaliser though and Groningen made sure of the points with stoppage-time strikes from Krisztian Adorjan and Michael De Leeuw.
Saturday's other game saw ADO Den Haag play out a 1-1 draw at home to NEC in the battle between the bottom two sides in the division, the hosts seeing their 56th-minute lead from Mathias Gehrt cancelled out by Christoph Hemlein's 74th-minute equaliser.
Go Ahead Eagles and Cambuur Leeuwarden shared the points in an occasionally fiery but ultimately goalless clash on Friday night.
Cambuur played the entire second half with 10 men after the dismissal of Martijn van der Laan for a rough challenge on Xander Houtkoop two minutes before half-time.
However, the Eagles, who had struck the frame of the goal twice in the first half, could not capitalise as it finished in a stalemate.