Vitesse 1-3 Den Haag
Willem II 0-1 Heracles
VVV Venlo 2-2 Groningen
PSV 3-1 NAC
Heerenveen 0-2 AZ
Ajax 0-0 Sparta
Twente 2-1 Waalwijk
Feyenoord 4-0 Roda
PSV came through a tough test in the Sunday lunchtime game against NAC. The visitors took an early lead through the skipper Edwin de Graaf and looked good to hold out or even improve their advantage. PSV were reduced to some pretty pisspoor tactics and Danny Koevermans somehow failed to be booked for the most ridiculous dive in the Breda area. It was so bad, I'd have sent him off. Koevermans was a half-time substitute and he swept home two goals within ten minutes to turn the game around halfway through the second period, both times getting across his marker to finish at the near post. A harsh red card for defender Rodriguez Francisco made it a nervy finish for the Eindhoveners, but Ibrahim Afellay, who a very well organised NAC defence had kept quiet all afternoon, broke away as the visitors chased a late equaliser and finished in style in the last minute to seal it.
Feyenoord are top of the table with a four-goal win over Roda JC. The Rotterdammers ripped into their opponents with a stunning first half display. Sekou Cissé got things rolling in just the fourth minute and by half-time Jon Dahl Tomasson and Jonathan De Guzman had made it three. De Guzman's second wrapped it up. They go above Twente on goal difference as they rather laboured to a win against Waalwijk. Bryan Ruiz and Blaise N'Kufo - inevitably - got Twente's goals as they dominated the first half, but the second was lacklustre and Charlison Benshop replied on the hour - only Waalwijk's second goal of the season. But a win's a win, and that seems to be Twente's motto this season.
AZ maintained the pressure, beating Heerenveen at the Abe Lenstra. The first goal was hugely unfortunate, when Mounir El Hamadaoui's fierce drive struck the post, came back out and hit home keeper Martin Lejsal on the napper and went in. El Hamdaoui made the game safe with one that he will be credited for just after the hour. Ajax lost ground. After going goal crazy recently, putting five away in midweek, they couldn't get anything out of a home game with Sparta which did not please the home crowd.
VVV drew their fourth straight game and, yes, Keisuke Honda did it again. This 7th minute free-kick had more rotations on the ball than Shane Warne could impart and that opened the scoring. By the time the game was 20 minutes old, three more goals had gone in, Nicklas Pedersen and Andreas Granqvist putting Groningen ahead before Sandro Calabro equalised and that's how it finished. Vitesse look poor and succumbed again, Bogdan Milic, Csaba Horvath and Karim Soltani putting Den Haag three up before Civard Sprockel got a consolation. Finally, Heracles continued their decent start to the season with a win over Willem II, Bas Dost with the only goal of the game.
The table will look a little skewed for some time as NEC and Utrecht didn't play this weekend.