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.