Ajax defeat Feyenoord but PSV hold a single-level direct

Ryan Gravenberch of Ajax (l) with the luckless Marcos Senesi of Feyenoord. Image: ANP/Tom Bode

Ajax prevailed in a gritty Klassieker in opposition to Feyenoord in Rotterdam to keep within just a stage of league leaders PSV at the midway issue of the season.

In a match in which yellow cards were being much more well known than chances, the site visitors took the lead just right before 50 percent-time when Marcos Senesi diverted a cross into his very own internet.

Dusan Tadic scored the second from the penalty place next a clumsy obstacle by Reiss Nelson on Devyne Rensch.

Feyenoord mentor Arie Slot acknowledged that his group had observed it tricky to come across their rhythm against the champions. ‘The next phase we have to just take is to be improved on the ball against this kind of defence, but I observed in the 2nd half that we had been little by little setting up to do that.’

PSV eased earlier RKC with a 4-1 get, such as two plans by Yorbe Vertessen, who joined the action as a initial-fifty percent substitute immediately after Bruma pulled up with a hamstring harm. Ritsu Doan also still left the pitch early following a clash of heads with RKC’s Alexander Büttner.

Twente moved up to fourth with a 3-1 win at base club PEC Zwolle, who are now 6 factors off the rate after Sparta snatched a position against Vitesse thanks to two late targets from Sven Mijnans.

The very first leading-flight Frisian derby for additional than six a long time was received by Heerenveen many thanks to two ambitions from Henk Veerman, the initial from the penalty location following 10 minutes. Roberts Uldrikis replied for the home side midway by the 1st 50 % with a glancing header, but Veerman’s head supplied the winner seven minutes from time.

AZ received their fourth match in a row to climb to sixth at the expense of Willem II, who extended their shedding streak in the league to 7 matches. They displaced Utrecht, who could only attract 2-2 with lowly Fortuna Sittard.

In a clash of two promoted groups, NEC received 2- in Deventer to overtake Go Forward Eagles in 10th location, many thanks to a nicely-placed strike by Elayis Tavsan and a Jordy Bruijn penalty.

Heracles finished a operate of 4 straight losses towards Groningen as Orestis Kiomourtzoglou and Nerayshou Kasanwirjo struck in the previous 5 minutes, soon after the guests looked to have attained a draw with Romano Postema’s header in the 78th minute.

Outcomes

Saturday

AZ 4-1 Willem II Tilburg

Heracles Almelo 4-2 Groningen

PEC Zwolle 1-3 Twente Enschede

Fortuna Sittard 2-2 Utrecht

Sparta Rotterdam 2-2 Vitesse Arnhem

Sunday

Cambuur Leeuwarden 1-2 Heerenveen

Feyenoord -2 Ajax

Go Ahead Eagles -2 NEC Nijmegen

RKC 1-4 PSV Eindhoven

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