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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV & Ajax still on fire as Feyenoord are black-out

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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.

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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.

Results

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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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Ajax smash Feyenoord, PSV keep on winning

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The tenth round of Eredivisie action got underway at De Oude Meerdijk on Friday evening where a 64th-minute effort from Stef Gronsveld ultimately proved enough to earn hosts, FC Emmen a share of the spoils against an undermanned VVV Venlo.

Saturday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football began with NAC edging a point clear of the foot of the table after their clash with ADO finished all square in The Hague.

Elsewhere, De Graafschap got back to winning ways by hitting an undermanned Excelsior for four while a Denzel Dumfries effort three minutes from time saw table-topping PSV Eindhoven snatch a last-gasp victory over rock-bottom Groningen to move eight points clear of second-placed Ajax.

Saturday’s Eredivisie action was brought to a close at the MAC3PARK Stadion where a 73rd-minute effort from Mike van Duinen ultimately proved enough to earn struggling PEC Zwolle a share of the spoils against high-flying Heracles.

Sunday’s action got underway in Arnhem where a 66th-minute effort from Matus Bero proved decisive as Vitesse got back to winning ways at the expense of the previously in-form Fortuna Sittard.

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Elsewhere, a late Willem Janssen effort three minutes from time saw FC Utrecht snatch all three points from under the noses of Willem II in Tilburg while Ajax reduced PSV’s advantage at the top of the standings to five points after hitting an undermanned Feyenoord for three without reply in De Klassieker.

The tenth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close at the AFAS Stadion where an 84th-minute effort from Sam Lammers saw Heerenveen snatch victory over hosts, AZ Alkmaar by the odd goal in five.

Results

FC Emmen 1-1 VVV Venlo

ADO Den Haag 1-1 NAC Breda

FC Groningen 1-2 PSV Eindhoven

De Graafschap 4-1 Excelsior

PEC Zwolle 1-1 Heracles Almelo

Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 Fortuna Sittard

AFC Ajax 3-0 Feyenoord

Willem II 0-1 FC Utrecht

AZ Alkmaar 2-3 SC Heerenveen

Team of the Week

GK – Lars Unnerstall – VVV

DF – Denzel Dumfries – PSV

DF – Nicolas Gavory – FC Utrecht

DF – Bart Straalman – De Graafschap

DF – Maikel van der Werff – Vitesse

MF – Youssef El Jebli – De Graafschap

MF – Frenkie de Jong – Ajax

MF – Hakim Ziyech – Ajax

FW – Daryl van Miegham – De Graafschap

FW – Michel Vlap – sc Heerenveen

FW – Adenassar El Khayati – ADO

Player of the Week

FW – Hakim Ziyech – Ajax

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV six-y as Ajax four-midable

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Due to the international break, the ninth round of action in the Dutch top flight got underway on Saturday evening with two fixtures kicking off simultaneously that saw reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven tune up for their UEFA Champions League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening by hitting a hapless FC Emmen for six to move eight points clear at the top of the standings ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures while, at the same time, goals from Jeffry Fortes and Jurgen Mattheij saw an undermanned Excelsior edge out Vitesse Arnhem at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion.

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Saturday’s Eredivisie action was concluded with two more fixtures that saw title-chasing Ajax, who themselves welcome Benfica to the Johan Cruijff ArenA in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday evening, promptly reduce PSV’s advantage at the top of the table back to five points after Erik ten Hag’s men hit Heerenveen for four without reply in Friesland while an own goal from the unlucky Ricardo van Rhijn saw FC Utrecht snatch all three points from under the noses of visiting AZ Alkmaar at the Stadion Galgenwaard.

Sunday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football got underway in Breda where a Mikhail Rosheuvel spot kick sixteen minutes from time ultimately proved enough to earn bottom-of-the-table, NAC a share of the spoils from their derby clash with Willem II.

Elsewhere, goals from Peniel Mlapa and Jay-Roy Grot saw VVV Venlo sweep aside the challenge of visiting ADO Den Haag to edge their way into the top five.

Meanwhile, Heracles ended the weekend five points and one place better off than VVV after coming from a goal down to hit struggling FC Groningen for four at the Polman Stadion while, with the season’s first instalment of De Klassieker on the horizon, Feyenoord hit PEC Zwolle for three to move within two points of second placed Ajax.

The ninth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close in Sittard where Fortuna hit fellow newly-promoted side, De Graafschap for three to move three points clear of the drop zone.

Results

PSV Eindhoven 6-0 FC Emmen

Excelsior 2-0 Vitesse Arnhem

SC Heerenveen 0-4 AFC Ajax

FC Utrecht 2-1 AZ Alkmaar

NAC Breda 2-2 Willem II

VVV Venlo 2-0 ADO Den Haag

Heracles Almelo 4-1 FC Groningen

Feyenoord 3-0 PEC Zwolle

Fortuna Sittard 3-1 De Graafschap 

Team of the Week

GK – Justin Bijlow – Feyenoord

DF – Denzel Dumfries – PSV

DF – Angelino – PSV

DF – Branislav Ninaj – Fortuna Sittard

DF – Jurgen Mattheij – Excelsior

MF – Tino Susic – VVV

MF – Gaston Pereiro – PSV

MF – Hakim Ziyech – Ajax

FW – Luuk De Jong – PSV

FW – Lazaros Lamprou – Fortuna Sittard

FW – Hirving Lozano – PSV

Player of the Week

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV & Ajax easing through the season

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With the second international break of the campaign looming large on the horizon, the eighth round of Eredivisie action got underway on Friday evening at the Stadion Galgenwaard where a Simon Gustafson double saw FC Utrecht overcome the challenge of struggling NAC Breda to edge their way into the top ten ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

Saturday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football began in The Hague where a lone first-half effort from Elson Hooi ultimately proved enough to see ADO Den Haag edge out visiting Groningen.

Elsewhere, PEC Zwolle continued their recent resurgence by seeing off the challenge of Excelsior courtesy of goals from Mike van Duinen and Thomas Lam while reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven put their midweek UEFA Champions League disappointment behind them by hitting VVV Venlo for four to move eight points clear at the top of the standings.

The day’s action was concluded in Doetinchem where Heerenveen edged their way into the top eight after hitting an undermanned De Graafschap for five.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action got underway at De Oude Meerdijk where a 91st-minute effort from Jose Rodriguez earned Fortuna Sittard a late share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller with fellow Eredivisie new boys, FC Emmen.

Elsewhere, previously in-form Heracles saw their five-match winning streak go up in smoke in spectacular fashion as they were hit for four without reply by a rampant Vitesse Arnhem while an 85th-minute equaliser from Fran Sol saw Willem II snatch a late point against visiting Feyenoord.

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The eighth round of action was brought to a close at the Johan Cruijff ArenA where buoyed by their impressive performance in Munich in midweek, Ajax hit a hapless AZ Alkmaar for five to end the weekend five points adrift of pacesetting PSV Eindhoven.   

Results

FC Utrecht 2-1 NAC Breda

ADO Den Haag 1-0 FC Groningen

PEC Zwolle 2-0 Excelsior

PSV Eindhoven 4-0 VVV Venlo

De Graafschap 0-5 SC Heerenveen

FC Emmen 3-3 Fortuna Sittard

Vitesse Arnhem 4-0 Heracles Almelo

Willem II 1-1 Feyenoord

AFC Ajax 5-0 AZ Alkmaar

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Hero RVP turns to villain

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Following a busy week of KNVB Beker action, the Eredivisie returned with its seventh round of fixtures on Saturday evening at the Abe Lenstra Stadion where Tomáš Necid’s third goal in the Czech’s last two outings in all competitions earned ADO Den Haag a share of the points against Heerenveen while, at the same time, second-half goals from Luuk de Jong and substitute, Donyell Malen helped reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven to a third win on the bounce in all competitions on the road against NAC in Breda.

The day’s action was rounded out with two more fixtures kicking off simultaneously as second-half goals from Kasper Dolberg and Hakim Ziyech saw Ajax warm up tor Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich by taking all three points from their trip to Eredivisie new boys, Fortuna Sittard while a lone Elías Már Ómarsson effort ultimately proved enough to see a short-handed Excelsior send visiting VVV Venlo home empty-handed.

Sunday got underway in Almelo where two goals in the opening seven minutes from first, Brandley Kuwas and then Kristoffer Peterson ultimately proved enough to see in-form Heracles record a fifth-straight win in all competitions, at the expense of visiting FC Emmen.

Elsewhere, a goal from super-sub, Ahmad Mendes Moreira fourteen minutes from time saw struggling FC Groningen climb off the foot of the table after snatching a share of the spoils against an undermanned FC Utrecht while an 88th minute effort from second-half replacement, Zian Flemming earned PEC Zwolle a late point against AZ Alkmaar and an own goal from the unlucky Fernando Lewis a minute from time saw De Graafschap snatch all three points against nine-man Willem II in Doetinchem.

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The weekend was brought to a close at De Kuip where Robin van Persie capped a come-from-behind victory for hosts, Feyenoord with an incredible free-kick three minutes from time to see off a dogged Vitesse Arnhem, who, having seen the former Arsenal and Manchester United man handed his marching orders a minute into added time, would end the game with just nine men when Danilho Doekhi was sent to join the previously dismissed Thomas Bruns four minutes later.

Results

SC Heerenveen 1-1 ADO Den Haag

NAC Breda 0-2 PSV Eindhoven

Fortuna Sittard 0-2 AFC Ajax

Excelsior 1-0 VVV Venlo

Heracles Almelo 2-1 FC Emmen

FC Groningen 1-1 FC Utrecht

AZ Alkmaar 2-2 PEC Zwolle

De Graafschap 2-1 Willem II

Feyenoord 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem

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Eredivisie Team of the Week: Former Arsenal youth is Player of the Week

Welcome to week two of the Total Dutch Football.com Eredivisie Player of the Year tournament. Every week Will Burns and Steve Davies select the best 11 from that week’s action and each player is awarded one point. One member of the team will win the ‘Player of the Week’ award and be awarded two points. Check the current standings here.

Our Player of the Week award goes to Daniel Crowley of Willem II after his performance in the 4-4 thrilling draw against Fortuna Sittard. The 21-year old midfielder scored the fourth of the Tilburgers goals that cancelled out two goals from Fortuna’s Andrija Novakovich. The USA striker, on loan from Reading, has four goals in six games.

PSV dominates the Team of the Week claiming six places after their 3-0 crushing of Ajax. Denzel Dumfries, Angelino, Jorrit Hendrix, Pablo Rosario, Steven Bergwijn and Hirving Lozano were all influential in the win that fires PSV top of the Eredivisie five points ahead of the Amsterdammers in second.

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV go five ahead of Ajax in De Topper

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The sixth round of Eredivisie action got underway on Friday evening at the Polman Stadion where in-form Heracles made it three wins on the bounce by hitting an undermanned De Graafschap for four.

Saturday’s top-flight action got underway in Sittard where a 77th-minute effort from Jose Rodriguez ultimately proved enough to earn Fortuna a share of the spoils in an eight-goal thriller with visiting Willem II.

Elsewhere, VVV Venlo made it back-to-back victories by smashing an undermanned NAC Breda for three while the 92nd-minute effort from substitute, Jizz Hornkamp earned Heerenveen a late share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller with Excelsior at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion.

Saturday’s Eredivisie action was brought to a close in Arnhem where a 65th-minute effort from Abdenasser El Khayati ultimately proved enough to see ADO Den Haag put last week’s seven-goal humbling at the hands of PSV Eindhoven behind them by bagging a point on the road against ten-man Vitesse.

Sunday’s action in the Dutch top-flight began at De Kuip where a lone Robin van Persie goal three minutes from time saw Feyenoord snatch all three points from under the noses of a dogged FC Utrecht.

Elsewhere, a solitary first-half effort from Rick Dekker ultimately proved just enough to secure PEC Zwolle’s second victory of the campaign, on the road in Emmen while AZ Alkmaar edged their way back into the top five by hitting nine-man Groningen for three.

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The weekend was brought to a close at the Philips Stadion where three goals in the space of fourteen first-half minutes saw reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven sweep aside the challenge of title rivals, Ajax in De Topper to move five points clear at the top of the standings.

Results

Heracles Almelo 4-0 De Graafschap

Fortuna Sittard 4-4 Willem II

VVV Venlo 3-0 NAC Breda

Excelsior 3-3 SC Heerenveen

Vitesse Arnhem 1-1 ADO Den Haag

Feyenoord 1-0 FC Utrecht

FC Emmen 0-1 PEC Zwolle

FC Groningen 1-3 AZ Alkmaar

PSV Eindhoven 3-0 AFC Ajax

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV in Seventh Heaven!

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With no Friday fixture following the international break, the fifth round of Eredivisie action got underway on Saturday evening with reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven tuning up for their UEFA Champions League encounter with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening by hitting a hapless ADO Den Haag for seven in The Hague while VVV Venlo withstood a late fightback from hosts, De Graafschap to pick up their second win of the campaign.

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Elsewhere, a double from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and a goal from Dušan Tadić saw the second of the Netherlands’ UEFA Champions League hopefuls, Ajax prepare for their meeting with AEK Athens on Wednesday evening by hitting struggling FC Groningen for three at the Johan Cruijff ArenA to move to within two points of pacesetting PSV while two goals in the space of two minutes saw Willem II come from two-down to salvage an unlikely point late on against visiting Excelsior.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action got underway at the AFAS Stadion where a Steven Berghuis effort five minutes before the break ultimately proved enough to earn Feyenoord a point against AZ Alkmaar.

In the day’s other games, a scrambled effort from Branislav Ninaj nine minutes from time ultimately proved the difference as Fortuna Sittard edged out hosts, NAC Breda in a five-goal thriller to post the club’s first victory since returning to the top flight of Dutch football while second-half goals from substitute, Luciano Slagveer, and Glen Bijl saw FC Emmen come from a goal down to post their second victory since achieving Eredivisie status at the expense of an undermanned FC Utrecht.

Meanwhile, Kristoffer Peterson’s second of the afternoon followed by a Mohammed Osman effort two minutes from time eventually put Heracles out of sight in an eight-goal thriller with Heerenveen before the fifth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close at the MAC³PARK Stadion where a first-half double from Tim Matavž saw Vitesse Arnhem get back to winning ways at the expense of struggling PEC Zwolle.

Results

De Graafschap 1-2 VVV Venlo

ADO Den Haag 0-7 PSV Eindhoven

Willem II 2-2 Excelsior

AFC Ajax 3-0 FC Groningen

AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Feyenoord

SC Heerenveen 3-5 Heracles Almelo

FC Utrecht 1-2 FC Emmen

NAC Breda 2-3 Fortuna Sittard

PEC Zwolle 0-2 Vitesse Arnhem

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV hit Willem II for six as Ajax are four-midable

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The fourth week of action in the Eredivisie got underway on Friday night at De Oude Meerdijk where a late Fabian Serrarens effort two minutes from time earned visiting De Graafschap a late share of the spoils against another newly-promoted side, FC Emmen.

Saturday began in Venlo where a 69th minute effort from substitute, Patrick Joosten saw hosts, VVV claim a point against visiting Heerenveen.

Elsewhere an incredible four-goal performance from Abdenasser El Khayati helped ADO Den Haag secure a second win in as many games away at Excelsior while reigning Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven made it six wins on the bounce in all competitions by hitting a hapless Willem II for six.

Saturday’s action was brought to a close in Sittard where Andrija Novakovich’s deflected 74th minute strike ultimately proved sufficient to see newly-promoted Fortuna share the spoils with visitors, FC Utrecht to post just their second point since making their return to the top flight of Dutch football.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action got underway in Groningen where a lone Vito van Crooij effort nineteen minutes into the second half proved just enough to see PEC Zwolle bag their first points of the campaign and move off the foot of the table.

Elsewhere, Ajax followed up securing a place in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League by hitting Vitesse for four without reply in Arnhem while, despite taking a 2nd minute lead through Myron Boadu, early season pacesetters, AZ Alkmaar ultimately slipped to a first league defeat of the campaign after goals from Mohammed Osman, Kristoffer Peterson and Lerin Duarte sealed a come-from-behind victory for hosts, Heracles in Almelo.

The fourth round of action in the Dutch top flight was brought to a close at De Kuip where Feyenoord edged into third place in the standings by hitting visiting NAC Breda for four to secure their third win in as many games.

Results

FC Emmen 1-1 De Graafschap

VVV Venlo 1-1 SC Heerenveen

PSV Eindhoven 6-1 Willem II

Excelsior 2-4 ADO Den Haag

Fortuna Sittard 1-1 FC Utrecht

Fc Groningen 0-1 PEC Zwolle

Heracles Almelo 3-2 AZ Alkmaar

Vitesse Arnhem 0-4 AFC Ajax

Feyenoord 4-2 NAC Breda

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EREDIVISIE: Expect goals in the ADO-Fortuna clash

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Week three of the Eredivisie is already upon us and Will Burns sees Friday Night Voetbal providing a goal fest that we can take advantage of.

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ADO Den Haag vs. Fortuna Sittard

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ADO Den Haag find themselves in the bottom three after two rounds of fixtures however, their opponents on Friday, Fortuna Sittard only fair two places and one point better. This match is not going to be barnburner right? Wrong. I can see goals and here’s my reasoning.

Fortuna impressed last weekend in a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to PSV. Club legend Marc van Bommel was the opposing manager and admitted his side were ‘fortunate’ to claim the win. the defending Eredivisie champions ended up snatching the three points due to a Dante Rigo last minute strike. USA international Andrija Novakovich (on loan from English Championship side Reading) placed home the equalising goal for Fortuna after falling behind to a Hirving Lozano opener.

In their opening game they clinched a point away to ten-man Excelsior in a match that they were more than capable of winning, forcing five shots on goal in the second half.  For ADO, they have been haemorrhaging goals and I can see Fortuna breaching their defence. Den Haag’s opening game ended in a bit of history. It was FC Emmen’s first ever Eredivisie game in which they won their first game by two goals to one.

ADO ended up 2-0 down before half time and things did not improve in week two. A travel to Almelo proved to have an eventful first half also as ADO were 3-2 down at the break. They finished the game 4-2 losers and I can see more goals flying in on Friday night. ADO are capable of scoring goals and conceding and they are the keys in my selection in this one. Back Both Teams to Score with Over 2.5 Goals, this is my selection to get us back to winning ways.

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All four matches featuring ADO and Sittard in the Eredivisie this season have finished with both teams to score and three with over 2.5 goals.

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Tadic to the rescue for Ajax

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The second round of action in the Dutch top flight got underway on Friday evening at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion where a lone goal from Daniel Crowley saw Willem II post their first points of the campaign at the expense of hosts, FC Groningen, who remain without a point and propping up the table after succumbing to successive defeats in the opening two rounds of the season.

Saturday’s Eredivisie action began in Venlo where a late Dusan Tadic spot-kick saw an out-of-sorts Ajax snatch all three points against VVV.

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Elsewhere, NAC Breda brought De Graafschap back down to earth by hitting the newly promoted side for three, while a last-minute effort from substitute, Dante Rigo spared reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven’s blushes in Sittard against another of the league’s new boys, Fortuna.

Saturday’s action was rounded out in Almelo where Heracles followed up their impressive display at the Johan Cruijff ArenA last time out by hitting a hapless, ADO Den Haag for four.

Sunday’s action got underway at the Stadion Galgenwaard where first half goals from Joris van Overeem (who was later sent off) and Sean Klaiber saw FC Utrecht post their first points of the campaign at the expense of visiting, PEC Zwolle, who remain pointless.

Elsewhere, AZ Alkmaar ensured they would end the weekend back at the top of the standings by following up last week’s five-goal thrashing of NAC with a four-goal trouncing of top flight debutants, FC Emmen, while Feyenoord put a nightmare week in the rear view by hitting Rotterdam rivals, Excelsior for three at De Kuip.

Week two was brought to a close in Friesland where an 81st minute effort from Tim Matavz earned another side who saw their European hopes fade in mid-week, Vitesse Arnhem, a late share of the spoils against Heerenveen.

Results: Week 2

FC Groningen 0-1 Willem II

NAC Breda 3-0 De Graafschap

VVV Venlo 0-1 AFC Ajax

Fortuna Sittard 1-2 PSV Eindhoven

Heracles Almelo 4-2 ADO Den Haag

FC Utrecht 2-0 PEC Zwolle

Feyenoord 3-0 Excelsior

FC Emmen 1-4 AZ Alkmaar

SC Heerenveen 1-1 Vitesse Arnhem

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Eerste Divisie Report: Week 3

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It’s a certainty that the Jupiler League has already seen some spectacular, surprising matches and this past Friday was not much different with VVV-Venlo going on a goal frenzy and NAC finally living up to the challenge writes Thomas Jacobs.

After two losses Robert Maaskant’s NAC really needed a win and they had the perfect opponent in Jong Ajax, who have been defending like statues this season. The three points were absolutely vital as the NAC-fans where – already – starting to get irritated with the club. Not only NAC, but MVV Maastricht as well have not earned any points after two matches. With an away-game in Oss in hindsight, it is going to be hard to get any points at all.

On the top of the table there are four sides with 100% records. Achilles ’29, Jong PSV, FC Volendam and FC Emmen are having a perfect season so far and latter is the first team who tried to keep their winning streak going, but in and against Den Bosch they never got any chance to do that. Just before the half-hour mark, Jordy Thomassen scored the first goal of many for FC Den Bosch. The home side were a lot stronger and via Arda Havar and Malcolm Esajas they eventually won the match easily with 3-0. A walk in the park for Den Bosch manager René van Eck.

"Droomstart? We zijn pas twee duels onderweg"

Another team who kept their perfect start in tact was Achilles ’29, but this is seen as one of the biggest surprise in the league. Mentally wise a great boost, because both games where won after sensational comebacks. The third team they faced was RKC Waalwijk, who tied their first two games. In a really boring game chances where a rarity for both teams, 0-0 was therefore a logical, but quite disappointing end result. Leaving Achilles remains unbeaten and RKC Waalwijk with three points out of the same amount of matches.

Already two of the four teams with the perfect record did not manage to win their third match and Jong PSV was not an exception in this rule. Visitors VVV-Venlo were on rampage and nothing could stopped them that day. Especially their creative mastermind Gianluca Nijholt was on fire, he scored the first goal of the match – a brilliant screamer which smashed off both posts before crossing the line. The 25-year-old, who has attracted interest from De Graafschap, was also responsible for the third VVV-goal. Manager Maurice Steijn eventually left Eindhoven with three points in the bag after a simple, big 5-1 victory against Jong PSV.

The last club who didn’t lose a point in the first matches was FC Volendam. They already played against NAC Breda (4-1) and FC Den Bosch (2-0) and where full of confidence when they faced another relegated side in FC Dordrecht. ‘Dordt’ where the hosts, but Volendam took care of business. With the always dangerous, fast Gyliano van Velzen and ’goal scorer for fun’ Jack Tuyp it was already 2-0 at half-time. Latter was responsible for both goals. After the break, Dordrecht immediately pulled one back but this was not enough. On the hour mark, it was Kees Kwakman who made it 3-1. Therefore, FC Volendam are the only club with a 100% record after three matchdays.

Eindhoven – Rotterdam will be played in the Eredivisie this Sunday  (PSV – Feyenoord), but the rehearsal between the two cities took place in Rotterdam this Friday. Sparta hosted a match against FC Eindhoven. Latter was the better side, but just before half time it was even Sparta who came undeserved ahead via Loris Brogno. In the first five minutes of the second half they even scored two more goals. Paco van Moorsel and Thomas Verhaar eventually gave Sparta the flattered 3-0 win.

NAC Breda played their second home match, after the 1-4 loss against FC Volendam on the first matchday. They didn’t started well, but  took the control of the match eventually. Jong Ajax couldn’t get any big chances, and it was no surprise the hosts won the game. Goals from Mats Seuntjens, Kevin Brands and debutant Sjoerd Ars all fell in the first half. A simple 3-0 victory for Maaskant and his boys.

MVV Maastricht didn’t started well this season. Having nil points after two matches. Apparently, third time is the charm, because they finally earned the points they needed. FC Oss was their first ‘victim’ of the season.  MVV started the match with a good attacking style and within thirty minutes they were 0-2 ahead. Just a few minutes after the second goal, FC Oss were awarded a penalty and came back in the match. Stef Peeters made sure MVV would win the game with the third goal for the away side, clinching the three points.

In Velsen there was the match between rivals SC Telstar and Almere City. SC Telstar were the better team and came ahead twice via two free kicks from Mohammed Ajnan. He wasn’t the only one who scored twice that match. Sven Braken, who played for MVV last season, scored both Almere-goals, one of them was in dying seconds of the match. 2-2 was a result both parties could be happy with.

Eight of the nine matches have been covered. The ‘last one’ was between Helmond Sport and Fortuna Sittard. After a good start from the home team, it was Fortuna Sittad who took the lead just before half time via Lars Hutten. Fortuna Sittard-striker Lekesiz scored their second goal just after a hour. A good win + a clean sheet for Fortuna: 0-2.

Player of the week:

Gianluca Nijholt. Scoring twice against Jong PSV. The attacking midfielder from VVV-Venlo was  -without a doubt – the best player in the match versus PSV which they won 1-5, but also in this matchday.

RESULTS

Friday 21st August

NAC 3-0 Jong Ajax

Telstar 2-2 Almere City

Dordrecht 1-3 FC Volendam

Helmond Sport 0-2 Fortuna Sittard

Achilles ’29 0-0 RKC Waalwijk

Jong PSV 1-5 VVV-Venlo

Sparta Rotterdam 3-0 FC Eindhoven

FC Den Bosch 3-0 FC Emmen

FC Oss 1-3 MVV Maastricht

 

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Eerste Divisie Report: Week 2

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After losing their first match, NAC Breda and Go Ahead Eagles went into ‘Matchday Two’ looking for a win. Both teams needed the three points even though it’s just the start of the season. FC Volendam and FC Dordrecht hoped to hold their 100% record, just like FC Emmen. With 27 goals in eight matches there was more than enough spectacle, but even more spectacular was the match in Limburg between Fortuna Sittard and Achilles ’29  writes Thomas Jacobs.

With the unfortunate draw last week against FC Den Bosch, Fortuna Sittard looked to gain three points at home against Achilles’29. Before kick-off, the visitors looked like the perfect team to beat, and five minutes after the half-time break, Sittard gained a comfortable 2-0 lead. Gokhan Lekesiz, who missed a penalty last week, netted twice. Achilles’29 became stronger after the second goal, and Sittard buckled as just after the hour mark, Freek Thoone got Achilles back in the game with a lucky goal before Levi Raja Boaen notched the equaliser with ten minutes to go. Just when it looked like there would not be a winner, Eef van Riel notched to make 3-2. Achilles grabbed a fourth in injury time via Hielke Penterman. With this sensational comeback, Achilles’29 start their season with six points in two games, taking them to the top of the table.

With a 4-1 win over NAC Breda last week, FC Volendam have also started fantastically. This week, Den Bosch were the opponents and Volendam ran out the better team as 2-0 winners with Jack Tuyp and Kevin van Kippersluis with the goals. This was impressive as Volendam had Rafik El Hamdi sent off after two yellow cards.

NAC travelled to FC Eindhoven and returned home to Breda with a 2-1 defeat. After just one shot on target in the first half, the second half was more exciting. A Kevin Brands free-kick gave Breda the advantage but FC Eindhoven debutant Anil Koc grabbed the equaliser with his first touch. Two minutes later, Anthony van den Hurk notched the winner. After two games, NAC are standing at the bottom of the table with zero points.

Just like NAC Breda, Go Ahead Eagles began the season with a loss. This week, it was the first match in the Eagles’ renewed stadium ‘De Adelaarshorst’ and Telstar was the opponent. Eagles striker Leon de Kogel scored twice after just eighteen minutes. Telstar looked lacklustre and unable to create any chances. Eagles kept attacking and they ran out 5-0 winners with Mohamed Hamdaoui, Orhan Dzepar (on his debut) and Kenny Teijsse scoring the other goals.

FC Emmen hosted FC Dordrecht and in an evenly balanced match, the hosts won 1-0. Erixon Danso gave the home side the lead on the hour mark and Dordrecht tried for the equalizer, but every time Dennis Telgenkamp was on hand to protect the points for Emmen.

The first half between VVV-Venlo and FC Oss went back and forth, till the 39th minute when VVV defender Jason Bourdouxhe received a red card, and FC Oss were awarded a penalty. Seku Conneh made no mistake and FC Oss were a goal in front. After half-time, there was a magical moment from Leandro Resida. With an perfect chip he beat the goalkeeper and made it 1-1. However, it only lasted for a few minutes as Alvin Fortes scored the winner, and FC Oss went home with the three points in the bag.

In their first game of the season, Sparta Rotterdam drew 1-1 away to RKC Waalwijk. Thomas Verhaar scored a stunning goal near the end of the first-half to send Sparta into half-time with the lead. However, Arsenio Valpoort scored the undeserved equalizer in the 87th minute, giving his team a point to cherish.

In Maastricht, Jong PSV tried to win back-to-back games against MVV. Stef Peeters gave MVV the lead but in the second half, PSV turned the match around into a 3-1 lead after goals from Sander Heesakkers, Clint Leemans and Boris Cmiljanic. Pieter Nys gained a consolation and MVV was close to get nailing a point, but Luuk Koopmans did not let that happen.

The last match of the weekend was played between Jong Ajax and Helmond Sport on Monday evening. Ajax, playing with numerous players of the first team, started well and it resulted in a 1-0 lead after sixteen minutes with Croatian Robert Muric scoring. It was a contender for ‘goal of the week’ with a phenomenal long range effort in the top corner. Helmond Sport surged forward and in the 67th minute, Steven Edwards scored the deserving equalizer.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Leon de Kogel (Go Ahead Eagles)

The big striker was very important for his side with two goals after eighteen minutes. It was the start of an easy 5-0 win over SC Telstar.

RESULTS

Friday 14th August

Fortuna Sittard 2-4 Achilles ’29

FC Eindhoven 2-1 NAC Breda

VVV-Venlo 1-2 FC Oss

RKC Waalwijk 1-1 Sparta Rotterdam

MVV 2-3 Jong PSV

FC Volendam 2-0 FC Den Bosch

FC Emmen 1-0 FC Dordrecht

Sunday 16th August

Go Ahead Eagles 5-0 SC Telstar

Monday 17th August

Jong Ajax 1-1 Helmond Sport

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