• Monday, 19 April 2010

    Twente within touching distance: Eredivisie reviews

    Den Haag 4-0 Waalwijk
    Ajax 4-0 Heracles
    Heerenveen 0-0 NAC
    PSV 3-1 Groningen
    Sparta 0-3 Utrecht
    Twente 2-0 Feyenoord
    Vitesse 2-5 Roda
    VVV Venlo 2-0 NEC
    Willem II 0-3 AZ

    We postulated the theory that fans of Twente would be hoping for a favour from their big rivals Heracles. Instead, the team did what they had to do and saw off Feyenoord themselves and maintained their single-point lead on the table. Blaise N'Kufo put them ahead just before the break, slipped past a statuesque defence by Bryan Ruiz and slamming the ball past Erwin Mulder. Miroslav Stoch sealed it in the second half, again springing the offside trap and finishing in style. Ajax are now the ones hoping for favours from elsewhere. All they can do is win and hope and they did that in some style at home to Heracles. Siem de Jong headed in for a first-half double, the second Ajax's 100th league goal of the season. Marko Pantelic took over after the break, bagging a double of his own. The first saw him lob the keeper with the outside of his boot - delightful - while his second came from de Jong's header which came off the bar to fall at the Serbian's feet.

    Feyenoord's defeat cost them fourth place as AZ scored yet another win, this time over Willem II. Hector Moreno put them ahead early and two in five second half minutes from Brett Holman and Mounir El Hamdaoui sent them into the automatic Europa League places above the Rotterdam side. PSV will finish third. They came from behind to beat Groningen who were ahead within three minutes through Tim Matavz. Zakaria Labyad, on his first start for the club, got two either side of a Balázs Dzsudzsák strike.

    Waalwijk lost again, Den Haag sealing their Eredivisie status for next season with a 4-0 win. Two up by the break through Timothy Derijck and a Kees Luijckx penalty, they closed out a vital win through Andre Oper and a late one from Danny Buijs. This, combined with the loss for Willem II to AZ and Sparta's loss at home to Utrecht means that the bottom three are settled. Jacob Lensky put Utrecht ahead against Sparta and when Rydell Poepon missed from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, that sinking feeling began to get worse for the Rotterdam side. Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Erixson Danso wrapped up the win.

    Willem Janssen and Mads Junker both hit two in a thumping win over Vitesse while Ruud Boymans got both for VVV in a 2-0 win over NEC. Heerenveen couldn't take advantage of the dismissal of NAC's Robbert Schilder, Gerald Sibon missing the resultant penalty.

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