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Eredivisie Team Of The Week – Round 2


Welcome to week two of our Eredivisie Team of the Week which leads into our Eredivisie ‘Player of the Season’ competition.  All players have performed so well this weekend that Martijn Hilhorst and Will Burns have decided they should be in our team of the week.  Each player in the eleven receives one point and whichever player is declared ‘Player of the Week’, he receives an extra point.



JEROEN ZOET (PSV): Kept out the exciting Adnane Tighadouini for the first half and held strong throughout, was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet.


RUBEN LIGEON (Ajax): The youngster is performing so well he may keep Ricardo van Rhijn out when he returns from injury.

ERIC BOTTEGHIN (FC Groningen): Second week in a row for the Brazilian, who is proving unbeatable in the air for Groningen.

RAMON LEEUWIN (FC Utrecht): Settling in fine at Utrecht after summer move from SC Cambuur, looking very comfortable tackling and carrying the ball forward.

ELSO BRITO (Excelsior): Left-back Brito is a constant threat for Excelsior down the left-wing and won five tackles in their 3-2 win over Go Ahead.


LASSE SCHONE (Ajax): An excellent performance from Schone in Ajax’s 3-1 win over AZ, providing an assist and scoring a superb goal.

KAMOHELO MOKOTJO (FC Twente): It did not take Mokotjo long to settle in at Twente with a wonderful goal this week.

JENS TOORNSTRA (FC Utrecht): Toornstra was influential in Utrecht’s 2-1 over Willem II, scored an excellent goal too.

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM (PSV): Wijnaldum was outstanding for PSV with two great goals in their 6-1 drubbing of NAC.


MEMPHIS DEPAY (PSV): Two perfect free-kick goals and an assist in PSV’s 6-1 win over NAC Breda – Depay is our Player Of The Week

ZAKARIA LABYAD (Vitesse): Labyad scorer of both his sides goals in their 2-2 draw with Cambuur, was a thorn in the Leeuwarden’s side throughout.

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EREDIVISIE: Vitesse 2-2 SC Cambuur





After coming back from a goal down, Vitesse were left to rue missed chances as Bartholomew Ogbeche rescued a point for Cambuur with just a minute to go on Saturday evening.

Cambuur got off to a dream start with a goal within the first ten minutes to silence the 13,967 inside the GelreDome. Striker Michiel Hemmen evaded two challenges before striking an effort at goal, which took a wicked deflection off Arnold Kruiswijk before looping over Piet Velthuizen’s head to make it 1-0.

However, the lead did not last long as Vitesse found an equaliser through a deflection of their own on 19 minutes. Marko Vejinovic passed to Zakaria Labyad just before the midfielder approached the area and the former Sporting Lisbon playmaker fired towards goal as the ball flicked up off Lucas Bijker’s challenge. The ball ended up flying over the top of Leonard Nienhuis’ as the keeper managed to get a palm to the ball, but unable to stop it to level the scores.

Before half-time, Vitesse had turned the game on its head when they were awarded a penalty on 36 minutes by referee Eric Braamhaar after Valeri Qazaishvili was fouled by Mohamed El Makrini in the box. Labyad stepped up as Nienhuis dived in the opposite direction, as Vitesse took the advantage into the interval.

Cambuur keeper Nienhuis kept his side in the match with second half efforts from Chelsea on-loan pairing Bertrand Traoré and Wallace denied by the stopper. Ukrainian substitute Denis Oliynyk worked well to get himself into the area and skipped two challenges with just eight minutes of time remaining. The summer signing from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk tried to place the ball under Nienhuis to seal the win, but the keeper got a leg underneath the shot to parry away.

Missing chances sometimes comes back to haunt teams and that’s exactly what it did to hosts. Former Middlesbrough striker Bartholomew Ogbeche scored his first of the season to grab Cambuur a great away point. When Velthuizen failed to fully stop Martijn Barto’s effort from a Dijkstra corner, the Nigerian forward smashed home the rebound to make it 2-2 and send the 300 Cambuur supporters go wild.

Vitesse are now without a league win in an nine-game stretch, there worst record since 2008. Facing immense pressure, Peter Bosz will need to improve things and quick.


VITESSE: Velthuizen, Wallace, Van den Heijden, Kashia, Kruiswijk, Vejinovic, Leerdam, Pröpper, Traoré (Olinyk 75), Qazaishvili (Dauda 90), Labyad

SUBS NOT USED: Room, Djurdjevic, Bosz, Achenteh, Diks

GOALS: Labyad 19 & 37P.

BOOKINGS: Pröpper 53, Velthuizen 90.

CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Droste, Reijnen, Bijker, Andriuškevičius, El Makrini, Rusnák (Dijkstra 81), Bakker (Barto 64), Meleg (Schepers 56), Hemmen, Ogbeche.

SUBS NOT USED: Zeinstra, Pereira, Schokker, Man-Intosch.

GOALS: Hemmen 10, Ogbeche 89.

BOOKINGS: Ogbeche 4, Bijker 65.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Zakaria Labyad (Vitesse)


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Labyad glad to return to the Eredivisie


Vitesse Arnhem, chasing their first ever Eredivisie title, have further reinforced their midfield with the loan signing of former PSV midfielder Zakaria Labyad.

The young Moroccan international joins from Sporting Lisbon on a 18-month loan deal, after failing to make an impact in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Labyad, 20, has only appeared in 20 games for Sporting since signing a five-year contract in Lisbon on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven in July 2012.

Eager to return to the Eredivisie, Labyad spoke to Voetbal International: “I am very happy and relieved that I return home to the Netherlands.

“I am very glad at the thought that I can once again, I can spend every day with my friends and family. I am ready to play and I hope to be selected quickly.”

Labyad could make his first appearance when Peter Bosz’s side travel to PEC Zwolle next Saturday evening.


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