AZ in tie at the top
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie.
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AZ Alkmaar moved into a three-way tie at the top of the Eredivisie table following a 2-0 win at PEC Zwolle.
Dick Advocaat's second win in as many games since replacing Gertjan Verbeek was secured thanks to a Joost Broerse own goal on 37 minutes before a Nick Viergever effort on 53 minutes.
AZ are now level with champions Ajax and FC Twente at the top.
Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse could have all gone past them only to drop points themselves.
Feyenoord were beaten 2-1 at home by Heracles Almelo for the first time in their history.
Jean-Paul Boetius quickly cancelled out Jens Jurn Streutker's 41st-minute opener for Heracles but Mikhail Rosheuvel's 63rd-minute strike won it. Graziano Pelle saw red for Feyenoord on 89 minutes.
PSV gave up an early lead, Tim Matavz scoring on nine minutes, in a 2-1 loss to Roda JC.
Mark-Jan Fledderus equalised on 68 minutes and when Memphis Depay was sent off 18 minutes from the end, there was enough time for Krisztian Nemeth to win it.
Vitesse would have gone top but for conceding twice in the final 15 minutes to draw 2-2 at home to Groningen.
Japan international Mike Havenaar (32) and Davy Propper (73) gave Vitesse a 2-0 lead but they could not hold onto it as Richairo Zivkovic (75) and Tjaronn Chery (78) struck.
On Saturday, FC Twente suffered a 3-2 loss against ADO Den Haag.
Two goals in four minutes after the break from Danny Bakker and Ninos Gouriye put ADO ahead but Luc Castaignos and Roberto Rosales both netted to level things up.
Mike van Duinen then scored the winner with two minutes to leave the door open for Ajax to go to the top of the table.
But the champions could only manage a goalless draw at home against bottom-of-the-table RKC Waalwijk.
Cambuur Leeuwarden moved above opponents FC Utrecht as they came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory.
Yassine Ayoub opened the scoring after 10 minutes but second-half goals from Michiel Hemmen, Erik Bakker and Marcel Ritzmaier handed the home side the win.
NAC Breda moved up to ninth in the table with a 5-0 thumping of Go Ahead Eagles.
Rydell Poepon, Jordy Buijs and Jeffrey Sarpong had NAC three up before Poepon grabbed his second just before half-time and Stipe Perica completed the rout three minutes from the end.
On Friday, Michael Higdon's brace gave NEC Nijmegen their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Heerenveen.
The English striker, signed from Scottish side Motherwell in the summer, eluded marker Arnold Kruiswijk to head home from close range in the 33rd minute to give the hosts a 1-0 half-time lead.
Soren Rieks' right-wing cross set up Higdon for a simple tap-in seven minutes after the break.
Alfred Finnbogason and Hakim Ziyech squandered decent chances for Heerenveen before substitute Ziyech gave them hope, curling a free-kick into the top corner five minutes from time.
Yannick Wildschut had a late chance to equalise, but Karl-Johan Johnsson made a superb save to preserve all three points for NEC.