The nineteenth round of Eredivisie action got underway at the Rat Verlegh Stadion where a goal from super-sub Gervane Kastaneer five minutes into the second half ultimately proved enough to earn struggling NAC Breda a priceless point from their clash with ADO Den Haag in their battle to beat the drop.
Saturday’s action began in Almelo where goals from Mike van Duinen and Lennart Thy saw a resurgent PEC Zwolle post back-to-back victories for the first time since the end of September by seeing off hosts Heracles.
Elsewhere, goals from Luigi Bruins and Mounir El Hamdaoui saw Excelsior snap a run of five games without a win at the expense of rock bottom De Graafschap while a first-half double from Hirving Lozano saw reigning Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven negotiate the challenge of visiting Groningen to open up a five-point lead at the top of the standings.
The day’s action was concluded in Venlo where a last-gasp effort from Michael Chacón in the fifth minute of added time saw FC Emmen snatch all three points in a five-goal thriller with VVV.
Sunday’s Eredivisie action began in Sittard where a 92nd-minute strike from Finn Stokkers saw Fortuna snap a run of three games without a win by seeing off visiting Vitesse.
Elsewhere, there were remarkable scenes at De Kuip where Feyenoord claimed Klassieker honours in emphatic fashion by hitting title-chasing Ajax for six while a lone Daniel Crowley effort a minute into the second half ultimately proved enough to earn Willem II all three points on the road in Utrecht.
The nineteenth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close in Friesland where an own goal from the unlucky Sherel Floranus and an Oussama Idrissi effort saw AZ Alkmaar make it three wins on the bounce in all competitions with a victory over Heerenveen.
Results: Week 19
NAC Breda 1-1 ADO Den Haag
Heracles Almelo 0-2 PEC Zwolle
Excelsior 2-0 De Graafschap
PSV Eindhoven 2-1 FC Groningen
VVV Venlo 2-3 FC Emmen
Fortuna Sittard 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem
Feyenoord 6-2 AFC Ajax
FC Utrecht 0-1 Willem II
SC Heerenveen 0-2 AZ Alkmaar
Team of the Week
GK – Mickey van der Hart (PEC Zwolle)
DF – Jeremiah St. Juste (Feyenoord)
DF – Kingsley Ehizibue (PEC Zwolle)
DF – Menno Koch (NAC Breda)
DF – Jurgen Mattheij (Excelsior)
MF – Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord)
MF – Ousamma Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar)
MF – Younes Namli (PEC Zwolle)
FW – Jonathan Opoku (VVV Venlo)
FW – Robin van Persie (Feyenoord)
FW – Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord)
Player of the Week
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) – 2 points
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