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  • Monday, 19 January 2009

    PSV fall away

    Heerenveen 3-1 Feyenoord
    De Graafschap 1-0 Willem II
    Twente 2-1 Vitesse
    Den Haag 2-2 Heracles
    NAC 1-1 Utrecht
    Roda 1-1 PSV
    Sparta 1-1 Groningen
    Volendam 0-2 AZ
    NEC 2-4 Ajax

    The top three all won in the Eredivisie this weekend, but PSV dropped points away at Roda. AZ were comfortable against Volendam and Twente had a Kenneth Perez thunderbolt to thank for rescuing them against Vitesse. The Arnhem side had levelled matters through S├ębastien Sansoni following Blaise N'Kufo's opener before Perez rattled one in from 20 yards following some slick play. That all put pressure on Ajax to keep up by beating NEC in Nijmegen. Having led 1-0 and 2-1, NEC equalised through El Akchaoui before Dario Cvitanich was needlessly sent off for a second booking, having earlier been cautioned for a stupid handball. It had the effect of galvanising a patchy Ajax side and with Luis Suarez prominent, an own goal from Dani Fernandez and a late one from Gabri snatched the points.

    Tim Simons' penalty on the hour for PSV was nullified a minute later by Will Janssen. The sole point meant that Heerenveen's win over struggling Feyenoord now leapfrog them into fourth. A point does nothing for Roda, still deep in trouble. Sparta are now level with they're city neighbours after an uninspiring draw and there were draws at Breda and in the capital.

    The table:
    1 AZ 18 44
    2 Ajax 18 41
    3 FC Twente 18 37
    4 Heerenveen 18 32
    5 PSV 18 31
    6 NAC 18 30
    7 FC Groningen 18 27
    8 NEC 18 26
    9 FC Utrecht 18 26
    10 Willem II 18 24
    11 Heracles 18 21
    12 Feyenoord 18 19
    13 Sparta 18 19
    14 Den Haag 18 16
    15 De Graafschap 18 16
    16 Roda 18 15
    17 Vitesse 18 15
    18 Volendam 18 11

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