AZ Alkmaar‘s disappointing season continued with a home defeat to Vitesse Arnhem, while VVV Venlo snatched a late win over Willem II Tilburg.
Relegation rivals Roda JC Kerkrade and ADO Den Haag shared the points, while NAC Breda and Sparta Rotterdam played out a 2-2 draw on Friday.
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Reigning Eredivisie champions AZ let a lead slip as Vitesse scored twice in the second half to claim a 2-1 away success.
Moussa Dembele provided AZ with a ninth-minute advantage, but goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half from Lasse Nilsson and Dalibor Stevanovic earned Vitesse a vital, and surprise, three points.
With 11 minutes to go Dembele and Vitesse‘s match-winner Stevanovic were sent off for fighting.
Keisuke Honda converted a last-minute penalty as VVV boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 home win over Willem II.
The visitors took a 66th-minute lead through Arjan Swinkels, but VVV levelled 10 minutes from time through Adil Auassar and then stole the points through the highly-rated Honda.
Roda JC hung on for a 1-1 draw at home to ADO Den Haag after playing the final stages with 10 men following Arnaud Djum’s red card.
Earlier, Mads Junker had give the hosts a half-time lead before Karim Soltani’s 57th-minute goal earned Den Haag a point.
Rydell Poepon struck a 78th-minute equaliser as Sparta came from behind to force a 2-2 draw away to NAC.
Sparta had taken a 24th-minute lead through Erik Falkenburg, but two goals in as many minutes from Leonardo and Patrick Zwaanswijk briefly put NAC in control before Poepon’s effort.