• Friday, 5 February 2010

    How Luis got his groove back: Eredivisie reviews

    NAC 1-1 AZ
    NEC P-P Willem II
    VVV Venlo 3-1 Heerenveen
    Groningen 2-0 Den Haag
    PSV 2-1 Utrecht
    Twente 2-0 Heracles
    Luis Suarez 4-0 Roda JC
    Sparta 1-1 Vitesse
    Waalwijk 0-1 Feyenoord

    Happy days for Luis Suarez FC who refound their goalscoring touch. After a goalless first half at the Amsterdam ArenA (complete with it's superfluous capital A), Suarez broke the deadlock with a penalty which he earned and gave Davy de Fauw a yellow card. Quarter of an hour later, repeat as above, only this time it was Siem de Jong who was fouled by de Fauw. Penalty awarded - duly converted by Suarez - and yellow card for de Fauw followed closely by a red one. So far, so easy and Suarez kicked on to bag a third, set up by Marko Pantelic just in case you thought Luis Suarez FC was some sort of one-man team, and a fourth, blazed home from distance. After a few weeks of struggle, Luis Suarez FC look back on track.

    Much good it'll do them though, seeing as the top two are still unbeaten. PSV continue to lead on goal difference, but it was trimmed by one as Twente saw off local rivals Heracles at the Arke Stadion with Bryan Ruiz converting a Kenneth Perez free-kick and Blaise N'Kufo punishing a slack clearance. The Eindhoveners eventually overcame Utrecht who put up a great fight after Ola Toivonen had put PSV in front early on. Sander Keller got Utrecht back level before the break, but was sent off after Orlando Engelaar, with his first goal in PSV colours, had restored the lead and gave his team-mates little hope of getting back into the game. Feyenoord remain a lonely fourth despite beating Waalwijk, Jon Dahl Tomasson with the only goal of the game as the Rotterdammers finished with ten men, Denny Landzaat sent off late on.

    Waalwijk remain bottom then, with NEC and Willem II unable to pull away as their game was called off. Den Haag also remain still within striking distance of Waalwijk after another loss, away at Groningen who are beginning to find some sort of mojo. Andreas Granqvist's penalty opened the scoring and Danny Holla wrapped it up. Sparta and Vitesse drew 1-1, Serginho Greene equalising for the Armhem side in the last minute after Erik Falkenburg had given Sparta the lead on the hour. NAC also nabbed a last-minute leveller at home to AZ. Niklas Moisander had given the champions hope of finally recording a win, but Kees Kwakman equalised in stoppage time. A blistering opening quarter hour from VVV Venlo saw off Heerenveen at De Koel. Ferry de Regt is fast getting a reputation as a goal-scoring defender and put VVV ahead 11 minutes in. Five minutes later it was 3-0, Gonzalo Garcia and Sandro Calabro with the goals. Gerald Sibon arrested the damage with a penalty on 35 minutes, but they'd been blown away.

    This weekend then, and the top game is Twente's trip to Luis Suarez FC. If Ajax are going to challenge for the title, then this is must-win. Otherwise, it will be left to the Tukkers and PSV to dispute. For their part, PSV have a pretty easy looking task at home to Den Haag while the big game at the bottom sees NEC go to Waalwijk. It may be RKC's last chance.

    Willem II v NAC
    PSV v Den Haag
    Heerenveen v Utrecht
    Roda v Sparta
    Heracles v Groningen
    Feyenoord v AZ
    Waalwijk v NEC
    VVV Venlo v Vitesse
    Ajax v Twente

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