Eredivisie Review: Matchday two – PSV trounce NAC, Ajax beat AZ and Heerenveen hold Feyenoord
PSV sit top of the league after two weeks after they demolished NAC Breda, but Ajax follow close behind on goal difference after their win over AZ. Feyenoord’s striker troubles continue as they were held to a draw with Heerenveen and what’s all this about a goalscoring keeper? The BeNeFoot team rounds up the second round of fixtures:
Feyenoord 1 – 1 sc Heerenveen: Hakim Ziyech the only player of the level that Feyenoord aspire to
It didn’t look that bad for Feyenoord when the team from Rotterdam opened the Eredivisie weekend on Friday night against SC Heerenveen. Especially in the first twenty minutes, Feyenoord showed the brilliancy they are capable of.
With some wonderful combinations youthful trio Tonny Vilhena, Terence Kongolo and Jean Paul Boëtius mastered the left side of the field. And with Bilal Basacikoglu eager to show his former Heerenveen teammates he was ready for the next step, the flanks of Feyenoord looked good.
All match long created a lot of chances, but without a targetman striker, scoring is hard for Feyenoord. Mitchell Te Vrede finally equalized after Feyenoord-target Hakim Ziyech scored a stunning free kick, leading to a round of applause from the home crowd when he was substituted.
PSV 6 – 1 NAC Breda: Depay runs the show for the Eindhoven giants
PSV eased to the top of the table after two weeks with a hammering of Nebojsa Gudelj’s NAC Breda.
Memphis Depay was the star of the show in a remarkable display which began with him playing a delightful pass to Georginio Wijnaldum who slotted in the opening goal.
The Eindhoven side’s lead was doubled soon after when Aleksandar Damcevski diverted a Santiago Arias cut-back into his own net but Adnane Tighadouini, a constant threat throughout his time on the field, halved the deficit when he tucked home a penalty.
Depay then restored his side’s lead with a delightful free-kick before Wijnaldum struck again and Jurgen Locadia got off the mark with an excellent strike from distance. Depay then capped things off nicely with another, even better, set-piece past Jelle ten Rouwelaar.
FC Twente 2 – 2 ADO Den Haag: Twente draw as Schreuder searches for the new Tadic
After drawing against SC Cambuur last week, FC Twente continued their search for a win at home against ADO Den Haag.
Kamohelo Mokotjo opened the score at his home debut for the Tukkers as he set up a one-two after a dribble to put the ball in the far corner, but the half-time scoreline flattered to deceive as FC Twente looked fairly toothless.
FC Twente shot themselves in the foot in the second half, handing a penalty to ADO which was slotted home by Roland Alberg comfortably and after sloppy defending and weak goalkeeping by Nick Marsman it was Mike van Duinen who scored in his third consecutive game against FC Twente.
In the end, Shadrach Eghan came to the rescue as the little Ghanaian midfielder blasted the ball in the low corner. The 2-2 is a blow for FC Twente manager Alfred Schreuder, as he looks to get the best out of Luc Castaignos and still hasn’t found a way to replace Quincy Promes and most importantly Dusan Tadic. Henk Fraser on the other hand will be happy to take a point back to Den Haag as he has seen enough to build on.
FC Dordrecht 1 – 2 PEC Zwolle: Visitors win the hipster club battle
When PEC Zwolle and FC Dordrecht met on Saturday night for the first Eredivisie match at the small Krommedijk stadium in 19 years, expectations for a spectacular match were there.
With both teams playing attacking football, they surely delivered that. PEC tried hard to open the score, but it took them until the 36th minute to do so.
Ten minutes before the finale whistle FC Dordrecht scored the equalizer they deserved through Giovanni Korte, on loan from ADO Den Haag, who could score from close. 1-1 would be the justified score for a fine summer night game, but it was PEC who in the dying seconds secured the full three points thanks to Mustafa Saymak.
Dordt deserved more, but learned the lesson of Eredivisie football the hard way and is back on the ground, after the surprising win against sc Heerenveen last week. For PEC, this season just seems to get better every week.
Vitesse 2 – 2 SC Cambuur: Cambuur take a point at Vitesse as Bosz’ boys peter out
The Arnhem team continued what they do best at the moment, being magnificent in spells but dropping points in the end. Michiel Hemmen showed he was more than just a very tall striker composedly seizing on a mistake by Arnold Kruiswijk before Zakaria Labyad scored a deflected goal from long range to put Vitesse on level terms. Labyad then slotted home a penalty to put Vitesse up as El Makrini had brought down Qazaishvili in the box. Vitesse failed to capitalize on their superiority as the Arnhemmers missed a few big chances, before a corner was given to Cambuur while goalkeeper Velthuizen claimed he didn’t carry the ball over the line. The corner saw Ogbeche score an equalizer in injury time leaving Vitesse at the bottom of the table.
AZ 1 – 3 Ajax: Ajax dispatch of AZ as the Amsterdammers show their fighting spirit
After a positive display from AZ in the opening weekend, many would have expected them to give Ajax a run for their money, especially after the reigning champions’ underwhelming performance against Vitesse last week. However, that wasn’t the case as the Alkmaar club gave away a great deal of room in the midfield and allowed their opponents to dominate the game.
Davy Klaassen found the net first when he was found in acres of space on the left side by a Lasse Schone pass and sent it beyond Esteban. Steven Berghuis did equalise for Mark van Basten’s men with a neat finish but Schone put Ajax back in the lead in the second half with a superb strike.
Anwar El Ghazi rounded off a decent display from Ajax when he blasted it into the top corner from outside the area in the 90th minute to keep them close behind PSV heading into the clash between the two giants next week.
FC Utrecht 2-1 Willem II: Hosts leave it late against newly-promoted Tilburgers
American teenager Rubio Rubin got off to a bright start in the red and white of Utrecht with an promising debut display.
While the 18-year-old looked bright throughout, he inadvertently picked up an assist in the 2-1 win over Willem II as he completely mis-hit a shot and it bounced perfectly for Jens Toornstra who tucked in the opener after a goalless first half.
The newly-promoted Tilburgers drew level 12 minutes later when Terell Ondaan’s shot from the edge of the box was saved by Robbin Ruiter but Robbie Haemhouts was there to divert rebound into the net.
However, Leon de Kogel finished off a neat move in the 88th minute to steal the three points for the hosts. Yassin Ayoub sent a smashing pass over to Toornstra on the edge of the box who pinged it low and towards the backpost where De Kogel knocked it home to clinch the win.
Excelsior 3-2 Go Ahead Eagles: The story of the goalscoring keeper
Newly promoted Excelsior have had a bright start to the new campaign as they built on last week’s draw with NAC, beating Go Ahead Eagles 3-2 on Sunday.
Jordan Botaka opened the scoring with a delightful backheel to put the hosts in the lead. Just before the hour mark, Tom van Weert was lucky to see his name on the scoresheet when a Daryl van Mieghem shot bounced off of him and into the net.
As Go Ahead Eagles pushed for a way back into the game, it came from an unlikely source as goalkeeper Erik Cummins punted it from his own box, sending it over his Rotterdam counterpart Jordy Deckers and into the net.
GAE pulled level six minutes later when Sven Nieuwpoort headed in a Jop van der Linden cross.
With the game entering the closing minutes it seemed set that the two sides would share the spoils but Deniz Turuc brought down Ricky Kruys inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Sander Fischer then stepped up to convert the penalty in injury time to give Excelsior the win.
FC Groningen 3 – 1 Heracles: FC Groningen continue Eredivisie purple patch in pouring rain
A delightful free kick by Yoel van Nieff confirmed three points for FC Groningen as they won their eight consecutive game in the regular Eredivisie season.
FC Groningen were dominant in the first half and a great through ball from Van der Velden set up Hoesen, who in his turn squared the ball to Tjaronn Chery who scored his 2nd league goal of the season.
Things got worse for Heracles as Michael de Leeuw was put through by Maikel Kieftenbeld to make it 2-0. De Leeuw had been vocal about wanting to leave if he didn’t get more playing game and he will be pleased that he could justify his early substitution on, as he replaced the slightly ill Rasmus Lindgren after 33 minutes.
In the second half FC Groningen failed to capitalize on their dominance as Bel Hassani scored one for Heracles, but Van Nieff scored his first goal for FC Groningen to ensure a six points from two games start for the Groningen team.