Eredivisie Round 28: Ajax move clear as PSV and Feyenoord stumble
|FC Twente|| 1 – 1
|Willem II|| 1 – 2
|FC Utrecht|| 2 – 1
|Heerenveen|| 2 – 0
|Roda JC|| 2 – 2
|Heracles|| 1 – 2
|Vitesse|| 2 – 1
|RKC|| 4 – 0
||ADO Den Haag|
|Ajax|| 4 – 1
League leaders Ajax closed the Eredivisie weekend in style as they moved three points clear at the top having no doubt enjoyed of two of their nearest challengers. Two goals from Viktor Fischer helped set the champions on their way to a convincing 4-1 win over NEC in the ArenA. The Dane’s second (and Ajax’s third) came from an audacious and inch-perfect chip from 25 yards, underlining the confidence running through the precociously talented Dane. Ryan Babel also managed a goal on his return from injury as NEC could have no complaints about the final scoreline.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, PSV came a cropper in Kerkrade as they could only take a point off Roda JC. In an entertaining ding-dong clash, Dick Advocaat’s men recovered from an early Frank Demouge opener to lead at half-time courtesy of an Ola Toivonen double – the Swede proved to be effective coming from a deep midfield role. Roda put de Boeren under sustained pressure and they got their deserved equaliser three minutes from time when leading marksman Sanrahib Malki helped a flick on from substitute Mikolaj Lebedynski past Waterman to make it 2-2. PSV paid the price for their long-standing lack of a dominant centreback.
Heerenveen had done the top sides a favour on Saturday when they won a fifth consecutive game, beating Pellè-less Feyenoord 2-0. A full report of the stand-out game of the round can be found here. There were no slip-ups in Arnhem as Vitesse held off aspirited late charge from Zwolle for a sixth win on the bounce. Wilfried Bony opened the scoring with his 27th league goal of the campaign before a typically threatening Theo Janssen free kick was headed home by Mike Havenaar. Arsenio Valpoort’s 78th minute strike proved only to be consolatory for PEC.
AZ managed a vital 1-2 win away to Heracles as they battle to stave off the drop. Having appeared to be cruising to victory thanks to a Markus Henriksen goal – again from a corner and a Mike Te Weirik own goal, AZ were reduced to ten when Thomas Lam was sent off. Te Weirik made amends by scoring at the right end and it was backs to the wall for AZ until the last second when Dirk Marcellis cleared off the line. It was a fitting end to the game for the ex-PSV fullback, who had been outstanding at both ends of the pitch.
FC Twente continued their poor 2013 drawing 1-1 against NAC Breda. After an opening 45 in which de Tukkers had 70% of the ball but looked toothless, NAC took the lead four minutes after the break through Kenny van der Weg. A late, deflected Wout Brama goal from range rescued a point for the home side, who are now joinedin joint fifth on 48 points by FC Utrecht, who beat VVV 2-1 at home. De Domstedelingen scored early from an Edouard Duplan header and doubled their lead when Leon De Kogel capitalised on a defensive blunder from Nils Röseler. All the goals came in the first half with Bryan Linssen netting for the strugglers.
ADO Den Haag were comprehensively thrashed 4-0 in Waalwijk by RKC, who never looked back after Mart Lieder’s opener after 10 minutes. Erwin Koeman’s men had killed the game by half-time as they took a 3-0 lead into the dressing room. In the battle of the Eredivisie’s two worst attacks, FC Groningen came from behind to inflict a 17th league defeat on Willem II thanks to goals from Leandro Bacuna and David Texeira.