Alkmaar stays top with away victory

BY foxsports • October 2, 2011

AZ Alkmaar maintained their place at the top of the pile in Holland with a solid 3-1 victory at winless VVV-Venlo on Sunday.

The Eredivisie pacesetters jumped out into the lead just after half-an-hour through Rasmus Elm before efforts by Adam Maher and Simon Poulsen after the break set the seal on victory.

Robert Cullen pulled one back for the hosts in stoppage time but it could not lift the gloom over VVV, who have now gone eight games without victory at the start of the season.

ADO Den Haag produced one of the performances of the Eredivise season so far as they recorded a crushing 3-0 win over title hopefuls Feyenoord.

Maurice Steijn's men arrived at Feijenoord Stadion tetering just above the relegation zone, but left with all three points thanks to a goal from both of the Verhoeks, John and Wesley, and a second-half clincher from Tjarron Chery.

As a result of their first home defeat of the season, Feyenoord are already seven points behind leaders AZ - and boss Ronald Koeman will surely view this as a chance missed.

Darren Maatsen's late brace looked to have earned Excelsior their first Eredivisie win of the season before Luuk de Jong's last-minute goal earned FC Twente a point from a 2-2 draw in a frantic finale.

Twente took the lead with an Ola John strike in the first half before Maatsen scored two goals in two minutes to give the bottom club an unlikely lead in a pulsating final five minutes.

However, De Jong's 90th-minute header rescued a draw for Twente, who dominated the match but failed to convert the majority of their chances.

Leandro Bacuna's second-half penalty earned FC Groningen a 1-0 victory over 10-man Ajax at the Euroborg, condemning the champions to a first Eredivisie defeat since March.

The 20-year-old midfielder coolly converted from the spot in the 62nd minute to further punish the Amsterdammers after Gregory van der Wiel had been sent off for deliberate handball.

The result saw Ajax slip six points behind AZ.

PSV Eindhoven consigned NEC Nijmegen to their fourth straight defeat when they beat them 2-0 at the De Goffert stadium thanks to two late goals.

Zakaria Labyad scored the first in the 85th minute before Tim Matavz sealed the win for PSV two minutes later.

The result moves title hopefuls PSV into third place as they leapfrogged Ajax on goal difference.

On Saturday, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw's injury-time goal earned Heerenveen a 1-1 draw against Vitesse in a game which burst into life in the closing stages.

Wilfried Bony appeared to have won all three points for the home side in Arnhem when he opened the scoring two minutes from time - until Gouweleeuw's even later intervention.

FC Utrecht cast aside their indifferent home form to produce a commanding 3-0 win against 10-man RKC Waalwijk.

Rodney Sneijder's free-kick broke the deadlock and Geoffrey Castillion's dismissal before the break did not help the visitors, before Johan Martensson doubled the lead and Jacob Mulenga competed the rout with a penalty.

Sanharib Malki scored twice in the first half as Roda JC beat NAC Breda 4-3.

Malki and Laurent Delorge put the hosts 2-0 up and further goals from Malki and Ruud Vormer ensured they always remained in control despite a brave fight from NAC Breda.

Omer Bayram, Nemanja Gudelj and Alex Schalk scored for the visitors but they still slipped to a fifth defeat in their opening eight games of the Eredivisie campaign.

In Friday night's game, Marko Vejinovic was the star for Heracles as they dominated De Graafschap in a convincing 2-0 win.

Vejinovic set up Glynor Plet for the opening goal in the 11th minute before missing two good chances of his own either side of half-time.

Luis Pedro finally added the second for the home side in the final minute of the game to give them their second win of the season.

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