Feyenoord fights back for victory
Feyenoord had to come from two goals down for a 3-2 away win over VVV Venlo that kept them in touch with the Eredivisie leaders.
VVV stunned the visitors as a curling free-kick from Oguzhan Turk and a deflected Guus Joppen shot in the space of four minutes gave them a 2-0 lead by the 21st minute.
But Feyenoord got a goal back on the stroke of half-time through Lex Immers’ penalty, and a goal two minutes into the second half from Wesley Verhoek brought them level.
Graziano Pelle headed in the winner in the 64th minute to move Feyenoord to within four points of leaders FC Twente, although they are down in fifth place.
Two points and two places further back are FC Utrecht, who also came from behind to pick up a win on the road, beating ADO Den Haag 2-1.
ADO led through Danny Holla’s 16th-minute penalty, but six minutes later Alexander Gerndt levelled and Jacob Mulenga scored the winner five minutes before half-time.
There was no such drama for Heerenveen as they cruised to a 3-0 win over FC Groningen thanks to a second-half onslaught.
The deadlock held until the 61st minute when it was broken by Rajiv Van La Parra and four minutes later Alfred Finnbogason added a second from the penalty spot.
Van La Parra capped the win with a third six minutes from time.
PEC Zwolle moved clear of the bottom three with their second win of the season and the second on the road as they won 2-1 at RKC Waalwijk.
Fred Benson put PEC in front after just five minutes and Ronnie Reniers added a second shortly after the hour mark.
Teddy Chevalier’s 88th-minute goal for RKC came too late to make a difference.
On Saturday, Kevin Strootman scored twice as PSV Eindhoven came from 2-0 down to beat Willem II at the Philips Stadion as their Eredivisie title rivals faltered.
While Ajax and FC Twente were held to draws, PSV dug themselves out of a hole in the final quarter of their match.
Jens Podevijn and Niek Vossebelt sensationally fired the visitors into a 2-0 lead in the first 24 minutes and PSV boss Dick Advocaat responded by pitching an extra striker, youngster Jurgen Locadia, into action in place of holding midfielder Orlando Engelaar.
The hosts still had to wait until the 68th minute for a way back into the game, which came when a corner was half-cleared and Strootman, fresh from captaining Holland for the first time against Turkey and Romania, found the net to cut the deficit to a single goal.
Tim Matavz went close to an equaliser before Strootman did the honours in the 79th minute with an angled finish from the edge of the box, before Matavz was played in behind the defence to score the winner three minutes later.
Ajax wasted a 2-0 and 3-1 lead as they were pegged back to draw 3-3 away to Heracles.
The Amsterdam giants took a 10th-minute lead when Ben Rienstra diverted Lasse Schone’s cross into his own goal and Schone himself doubled the lead in the 25th minute after being sent through by Siem de Jong.
Heracles defender Mike te Wierik pulled a goal back from close range but newly capped Sweden international Tobias Sana restored the reigning champions’ lead a minute later with a cool finish after an acrobatic initial effort was cleared off the line.
But Thomas Bruns pulled it back to 3-2 with 10 minutes remaining and, after Ajax substitute Ryan Babel had a goal harshly disallowed for offside, Luis Pedro grabbed an injury-time equaliser with a fierce low shot.
Twente also led a lead slip away as they drew 1-1 away to Roda JC in Kerkrade.
Defender Douglas’ powerful header was Twente’s best effort of the first half while at the other end, keeper Nikolay Mihailov twice denied Sanharib Malki.
Twente’s Mitchell Donald had to clear Wout Brama’s shot off the line before Luc Castaignos broke the deadlock for the visitors. Malki headed Dusan Tadic’s free-kick against the frame of his own goal and Castaignos reacted quickest to tuck away the loose ball.
But Roda quickly responded and Amin Affane’s left-wing cross was missed by Mihailov and his defence, allowing the unmarked Guus Huppert to level the scores.
Vitesse Arnhem took advantage to move just a point behind Twente at the summit, and level on points with PSV, courtesy of a 3-0 win at NAC Breda.
Theo Janssen went close to an opener before Jonathan Reis made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute, firing in via the underside of the bar after good work by Wilfried Bony and Marco van Ginkel to set up the chance.
Bony then took centre stage in the second half, tapping home the second after Patrick van Aanholt was denied by keeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar and then beating Ten Rouwelaar at his near post to make it three.
Ryan Koolwijk scored twice in three minutes as NEC Nijmegen won at AZ Alkmaar.
The midfielder swung a 15th-minute free-kick directly into the net, surprising keeper Esteban Alvarado, and then tucked a penalty into the top corner after Nick Viergever brought down Leroy George.