Five-star PSV thrash Utrecht
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie.
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PSV Eindhoven ended their horror run in style as they thrashed FC Utrecht 5-1 at Stadion Galgenwaard on Sunday.
Adam Maher and Memphis Depay both scored twice and Jurgen Locadia added the other to finally bring some cheer to last season's Eredivisie runner-up.
Phillip Cocu's side had won just once in 12 games in all competitions, including a 1-0 home defeat to Bulgarian club Chornomorets to dump them out of the Europa league in midweek.
PSV were 4-0 up by half-time and a rough afternoon for Utrecht was made worse by the second-half dismissals of Steve De Ridder and Dave Bulthuis, who had at least scored on 73 minutes.
Leaders Vitesse Arnhem extended their winning run in the league to six games by beating NAC Breda 3-2.
They fell behind to a 24th-minute Jordy Buijs penalty but on-loan Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon replied from the spot 11 minutes later before firing Vitesse ahead on 50 minutes.
Kelvin Leerdam added a third on 84 minutes, which proved crucial when Anthony Lurling netted a minute from the end.
Ajax are two points adrift of Vitesse as they increased their own winning run to five games, Davy Klaassen's injury-time strike sealing a 2-1 win over Cambuur Leeuwarden.
The champions led through Lasse Schone's 40th-minute strike until eight minutes from the end when Michiel Hemmen equalised. There was a late twist as Marcel Ritzmaier saw red and Klaasen scored the winner in injury-time.
Graziano Pelle's seventh-minute strike was enough for Feyenoord to beat FC Groningen 1-0 while Heracles Almelo won 2-0 over AZ Alkmaar thanks to goals from Bryan Linssen (12) and Oussama Tannane (90).
On Saturday, FC Twente were convincing 3-1 winners over Go Ahead Eagles to record their fourth successive victory.
With nine goals in their last three matches heading into this fixture, the Enschede club were on the goal trail again after 21 minutes thanks to Felipe Gutierrez.
Luc Castaignos then doubled the lead 11 minutes into the second half, and although Jop van der Linden reduced arrears from the penalty spot soon after, Dusan Tadic put the result beyond doubt after 62 minutes.
Basement side NEC Nijmegen beat Roda 4-3 to close within a point of the teams above them.
In a topsy-turvy encounter, Roda put themselves in the driving seat with early goals from Guus Hupperts (eight) and Krisztian Nemeth (12).
However, the home side came out fighting after the interval and Marnick Vermijl found the target immediately with two goals in six minutes from Soren Rieks then edging them ahead.
Kevin Conboy made it 4-2 nine minutes from time and although Frank Demouge's goal soon after set up a nervy finish, NEC held on for only their third win of the season.
ADO Den Haag are just two points off the bottom after slipping to a 2-1 loss at home to RKC Waalwijk, who leapfrog them in the standings.
Two goals from Kenny Anderson after seven and 82 minutes gave RKC the advantage, with Tom Beugelsdijk reply coming too late to save ADO.
On Friday night, Heerenveen claimed a 2-1 victory at PEC Zwolle.
Alfred Finnbogason netted both goals for the visitors, the first through a 32nd-minute penalty after Luciano Slagveer had been fouled by goalkeeper Diederik Boer and then a 69th-minute winner after Joost Broerse's free-kick had got the hosts level early in the second half.
The result lifted Marco van Basten's side three places in the table and within seven points of leaders Vitesse. PEC remained ninth.