The eleventh round of Eredivisie action got underway with Groningen moving off the foot of the table after hitting Excelsior for four at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion on Friday evening.
Saturday’s action in the Dutch top flight began with two matches kicking off simultaneously. One of which saw an 88th minute effort from Mitchell te Vrede help NAC Breda snatch all three points from under the noses of visiting Heracles to continue their recent run of good form while, at the same time, a lone Luuk de Jong effort saw PSV Eindhoven put their humiliating cup exit at the hands of second-tier outfit RKC Waalwijk behind them by dispatching an undermanned Vitesse Arnhem and, in the process, post an eleventh straight league victory which put the reigning Eredivisie champions eight points clear at the top of the standings ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
The day’s Eredivisie action was brought to a close with two more fixtures getting underway at the same time. One of which saw a Mats Seuntjens goal fourteen minutes from time ultimately prove the difference as AZ Alkmaar put back-to-back league defeats behind them by edging out visiting De Graafschap while first-half goals from Kasper Dolberg and Frenkie de Jong helped Ajax tune-up for Wednesday evening’s UEFA Champions League clash with Benfica by easing to a routine two-goal victory over Willem II at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Sunday’s Eredivisie action began in Friesland where a late leveller from Reuven Niemeijer two minutes from time saw FC Emmen snatch a late share of the spoils from their clash with Heerenveen.
Elsewhere, FC Utrecht made it three wins in as many games by hitting ADO Den Haag for three without reply while Fortuna Sittard edged their way into the top ten by virtue of posting the same scoreline against struggling PEC Zwolle.
The eleventh round of Eredivisie action was given an unexpected early mark when the lights went out (quite literally) during Feyenoord’s clash with VVV Venlo, causing the match to be postponed.
Excelsior 2-4 FC Groningen
NAC Breda 2-1 Heracles Almelo
PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Vitesse Arnhem
AZ Alkmaar 1-0 De Graafschap
AFC Ajax 2-0 Willem II
SC Heerenveen 1-1 FC Emmen
Fortuna Sittard 3-0 PEC Zwolle
FC Utrecht 3-0 ADO Den Haag
Feyenoord P-P VVV Venlo
Team of the Week
GK – David Jensen – FC Utrecht
DF – Alessandro Ciranni – Fortuna Sittard
DF – Nicolas Tagliafico – Ajax
DF – Daley Blind – Ajax
DF – Willem Janssen – FC Utrecht
MF – Mark Diemers – Fortuna Sittard
MF – Arber Zeneli – sc Heerenveen
MF – Luka Ilic – NAC Breda
FW – Finn Stokkers – Fortuna Sittard
FW – Ritsu Doan – FC Groningen
FW – Hirving Lozano – PSV
Player of the Week
FW – Hirving Lozano – PSV
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