Eredivisie round up Matchday 7
International break is on the horizon and for Eredivisie clubs it was a hurdle to overtake. Prior to that, 20 clubs focused on their improvement in the league as matchday 7 settles with crucial results.
PSV Eindhoven’s hard battle for sustaining points finally end with a cruising 4-0 victory over fellow strugglers Willem 11. Hector Lozano’s brace in his return from suspension followed by Gaston Perreiro’s strike and a late penalty kick from Van Ginkel extended the point gap to three. Sinking ship of Philip Kakou found a lifeboat at Philips stadion as old rhythm seem to fancy the feet of glory. Having snubbed points against Heerenveen, Psv’s performance was a little more than average in the last two games. This victory actually opened up the champions looks they carried in the title winning season of 2015 and 2016. Also they kept Feyenoord and Ajax in tense condition.
Winning did not satisfied Marcel Keizer’s Ajax because they moved on to the international break unchanged from the 7th position, one below the club they beat this weekend by 4-0. Heerenveen, placed just above them, was an ache in the head but class display from Schone & co helped Ajax avoid any further downfall. David Neres amidst intense transfer speculation staged himself once more in big games by his brace in the span of four minutes. The young kid was a sensation to watch. Schone’s penalty in the 75th minute and a late strike from the young Danish Wober in his debut ended Heerenveen’s unbeaten run since day one.
Feyenoord tumbled down to NEC Breda on 23rd December but recovered quickly with a 4-0 thrashing in a stadium they love scoring goals. Their opponents Az looked disfigured under the ruthlessness of the Champions. Previously, Feyenoord produced the same quality and even the scoreline in Az stadion, no escaping this time also with Steven Berguis efficiency leading the away side’s front line. Permanently, signed from English club Watford, Berguis had now scored four goals in two of three starts counting his dual in this game. It took only 11 minutes for the dutchman to get into the show. His teammate Larsson scored his first for his club in the 17th minute before Berguis added another to his tally. Vilhena’s 57th minute brilliance caused the fan to forget the sorrows of European disarray to Napoli in the midweek. Az meanwhile are currently unstable in their form at the very moment.
Vvv Verona produced startling results away to Excelsior, a big fish caught in the net. A 2-0 win over one of the greatest clubs in Netherlands was brought by the excellence of Leeman and Seuntjens. The pair’s outstanding link up play in the opposition half quite easily toppled the stubborn Excelsior back four. Vvv are at eight position with three wins, three draws and only loss to their name, some start to their top flight campaign.
Vitesse, tired by Europa league venues, almost gifted three points to a Fc Utrecht side restoring priorities but comeback strongly managing a draw through Mount’s equaliser in 76th minute. Vitesse ripped apart ajax in the last month and also caused major problems to European clubs signalling their development in the long race. The Dutch cup winners seemed to lose ground when Desser made his way through and scored a vital goal in the 69th minute. Just as Utrecht were moving to their second consecutive win, Mount smashed back to help Vitesse climb up to fourth in the points table.
Roda JC eased past Sparata Rotterdam after giving away two late goals to Heracles last weekend to chop and change the scoreline to their favour this term. The Rotterdam side had no answer to the missiles launched at their base. Roda’s frequent goal bounding efforts only rippled the net twice Ndenge’s opener in the 29th minute before Schahin’s 35th minute’s strike confirmed Roda’s win. Muhren was able to clear some redemption in the game when the clock ticked in the 78th minute but the pressure is now very much on Alex Pastoor, Sparata’s manager in charge.
Pec Zwolle and Fc Groningen played out a five goals thriller at Mac park stadion indicating both team’s desperation for European football. Zwolle came back strongly two times in the game perishing high flying Groningen at last through Mokhtar’s additional time winner. It was Doan who started instead of doubtful Mahi for Groningen and made his mark inside 15 minutes. The fixture guaranteed more goals as Nijland quickly levelled up three minutes after the first. In the second half, nothing was unchanged. Groningen hit the accelerator once more allowing Van Weert to hit Zwolle’s net once again. Thomas made it 2-2 in the 60th minute to ignite his team’s confidence. Mokhtar’s sheer piece of brilliance at the last helped them earn more points on the table.
Ado Den Haag had a hard fought battle against NAC Breda, Djik the only scorer of the game. That helped Ado to escape the drop zone uptil now before International break came calling.
Same goes with FC Twente’s 2-1 over Heracles, a stunning result and glimpse of superiority for the first time. Twente had Jensen celebrating his goal in the 2nd minute of the game only the joy to be short lived in 52nd minute by Gladon’s leveller for Heracles. Heracles were mounting for another turnover but this time Holla stood in their path to snatch points out of their hands in 76th minute.