• Monday, 21 December 2009

    Weather wipes out Sunday: Eredivisie reviews

    Heracles 1-0 VVV Venlo
    AZ 3-0 Den Haag
    Feyenoord 1-0 Willem II
    Waalwijk 4-1 Sparta
    NEC P-P Vitesse
    Groningen P-P Heerenveen
    Utrecht P-P Twente
    NAC P-P Ajax
    Roda P-P PSV

    Only the ground in Breda where NAC were due to play Ajax was deemed unplayable on Sunday, but the whole schedule was called off by the KNVB due to travel problems. Heavy snowfall affected the whole country and an early decision was taken to cancel Sunday's proceedings entirely. That leaves Twente top by two from PSV with Ajax a further seven back as the league goes into hiatus until January 22.

    Friday and Saturday were relatively OK though, so we did at least get four matches played. Feyenoord moved to within a point of Ajax with single goal win over Willem II. Roy Makaay's ball forward for Sekou Cissé twelve minutes into the contest was inch-perfect and the Ivorian checked inside the last defender before tucking the ball just inside the post. Dick Advocaat was celebrating his first win in charge of AZ as they were comfortable winners against Den Haag. The champions were ahead inside ten minutes, Rasmus Elm eventually turning the ball in after Ari and Graziano Pelle had both spurned good chances. Ari and Jeremain Lens were both heavily involved in the second which came on the half hour, Lens providing a beautifully weighted drop-off for Sébastien Pocognoli who side-footed home. That was pretty much game over, but Maarten Martens added a third just before time, nutmegging the keeper as ADO were ripped open by a quick counter-attack.

    Waalwijk pulled themselves up to within a couple of points of safety with a thumping win over Sparta who have lost form dramatically. Having scored just twelve league goals prior to this game, RKC put four away in a great performance which belied their league standing. Derk Boerrigter got the first two, his first a touch fortuitous as the ball pinballed around the edge of the area before falling nicely to him, but the second was more orthodox, Charlison Benshop finiding him with a neat cut-back on the edge of the box. And it was 3-0 before half-time, Benshop this time setting up Kemy Agustien from 18 yards. Three minutes after the restart, Fred Benson headed in a fourth as Sparta were being run ragged, though they did have the final word through Darko Bodul who fired through a crowd of players after his initial free-kick was blocked. In the one remaining match, Heracles kept their push for European football going thanks to a 1-0 win over VVV Venlo, Everton with the only goal of the game ten minutes after the restart.

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