Eredivisie Roundup, Feb. 20

Nana Asare and Dries Mertens sent 10-man NAC Breda to a 2-0 defeat

as FC Utrecht saw their match delayed due to abusive chants at the


The outpouring of anger from the NAC faithful centred on the

dismissal of Anthony Lurling by official Bjorn Kuipers, three

minutes after Asare’s 25th-minute opener, for an innocuous-looking

foul on Jacob Lensky. Mertens clinched victory four minutes from


Heerenveen’s 2-1 win at basement club RKC Waalwijk was held

up for the same reason as the home fans vented their ire at referee

Bas Nijhuis’ harsh handball decision which allowed Gerald Sibon to

score the winner from the penalty spot six minutes from time.

Veteran Sibon had opened the scoring in the 13th minute but

Benjamin de Ceulaer’s tap-in levelled matters before the late


VVV Venlo twice came from behind to earn an enthralling 3-3

draw with AZ Alkmaar. Adil Auassar cancelled out Pontus Wernbloom’s

first-half opener but Simon Poulsen and Mounir El Hamdaoui put the

visitors 3-1 up.

VVV were not to be denied, though, and Ruben Schaken cut the

deficit before Michael Uchebo levelled matters once more 15 minutes

from time.

Goran Lovre and Tim Matavz earned FC Groningen a 2-0 win at

NEC Nijmegen.

Lovre struck after eight minutes and Matavz double the

advantage three minutes after half-time, but Groningen were forced

to overcome the dismissal of Leandro Bacuna 10 minutes later to

preserve their advantage.