PSV hit for six
A review of the weekend's action so far in the Dutch Eredivisie.
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Eredivisie leaders Vitesse Arnhem stunned struggling PSV Eindhoven by claiming a resounding 6-2 victory at the Philips Stadion.
The scores were level at the break, Memphis Depay cancelling out Lucas Piazon's 38th-minute opener on the stroke of half-time, but nothing could prepare PSV for what was to come.
Phillip Cocu's men were helpless to resist as Mike Havenaar (66), Kelvin Leerdam (75), Patrick Van Aanholt (87) and Davy Propper (85 & 90) plundered five second-half goals.
Karim Rekik had pulled one back for the Eindhoven club with six minutes remaining but a sixth defeat of the season leaves PSV 10th in the table while Vitesse remain two points clear of Ajax.
The Amsterdam giants kept in touch with an impressive win of their own, banishing 10-man NAC Breda from the capital with a 4-0 thumping.
Davy Klaassen scored a hat-trick with Bojan Krkic wrapping up the scoring in the 68th minute before NAC substitute Joey Suk saw red at the death.
FC Twente are chasing Ajax hard and secured a 2-1 win at sixth-placed AZ Alkmaar to stay firmly in the title race.
They came from behind to get the victory that put them within a point of second place - and just three shy of Vitesse - as Roy Beerens scored first at the AFAS Stadion.
Youness Mokhtar ensured the scores were level by the break and won it for Twente on the stroke of full-time.
Elsewhere, 10-man RKC Waalwijk salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Cambuur Leeuwarden.
Robert Braber opened the scoring for the hosts but a first-half double from Michiel Hemmen saw 14th-placed Cambuur turn the game on its head.
Sander Duits levelled from the penalty spot in the 54th minute and 17th-placed RKC survived the late dismissal of Damiano Schet to hold onto a valuable point.
On Friday night, FC Utrecht climbed to seventh thanks to a 2-0 win over bottom side NEC Nijmegen.
Gevero Markiet hit the opener in the 48th minute while Steve De Ridder made the points safe with the second 12 minutes from the end as Utrecht made it three wins on the trot.
NEC lost Ryan Koolwijk to a second yellow card in the 67th minute.