Top trio triumph in Eredivisie

Brett Holman laid on first-half goals for Adam Maher and Simon

Poulsen before Vito Wormgoor’s 54th-minute own goal gave the lowly

visitors a mountain to climb. Substitute Charlison Benschop wrapped

up the scoring for AZ on a night when the top three all won.

Second-placed PSV Eindhoven bounced back from a defeat to Feyenoord

by beating NAC Breda 1-0 at the Philips Stadion. Dries Mertens

netted his 13th league goal of the season in the 37th minute to

make it seven wins and one draw from eight home league games so far

for PSV, who had Jeremain Lens sent off late on. FC Twente were

unconvincing 2-0 winners over NEC Nijmegen to maintain their

unbeaten home league record and stay third. Luuk de Jong (57)

netted his ninth league goal of the season and Nacer Chadli (73)

was also on target for the Enschede side, who were indebted to

goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov for denying NEC on numerous occasions

in the first half. Bas Dost blasted all five goals for Heerenveen

as they thrashed lowly Excelsior in Rotterdam. Dost, who took his

tally to 14 Eredivisie goals for the season and moved above PSV’s

Mertens at the top of the scoring charts, helped himself to a

first-half hat-trick as Excelsior, who had lost just once in five

matches prior to this, saw their mini-revival brought to an end.

Heerenveen moved above Ajax and Feyenoord into fourth place, until

tomorrow afternoon at least, while Excelsior remain six points

adrift of safety.