Round 14 in the Eredivisie has come and gone with Vitesse maintaining their position at the top of the table.

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cast and tadThe league leaders from Arnhem, searching for their maiden Eredivisie title, defeated the Go Ahead Eagles comfortably 3-0 on the road in Deventer. Two first half penalties converted by Chelsea loanee, Lucas Piazon, and a red card for the hosts ensured the game was wrapped up at the break. A third goal from another Chelsea loanee, Gael Kakuta, was added just past the hour mark to inflict a 3-0 defeat on the ten men of the Eagles.

Ajax had earlier in the round become the 6th club to lead the Eredivisie this season following their comfortable 3-0 victory over Heracles at the Amsterdam Arena. After just 3 minutes Ajax led through Danny Hoesen, with the second added by Viktor Fischer ten minutes into the second half. The third and final goal was added by Davy Klaassen to wrap up the three points as the Champions seek their fourth Eredivisie title in a row. Sitting behind Ajax in third is FC Twente who were victorious in round 14 for the first time in since round 9. The side from Enschede entertained NAC Breda at the Grolsch Veste Stadion and recorded an emphatic 5-2 victory to end their win less run. FC Twente lie above AZ Alkmaar due to their positive goal difference, after AZ Alkmaar were involved in arguably the game of the weekend. Roda JC were the visitors to the AFAS Stadion and were in a strong position to record a famous victory over AZ when the hosts were reduced to 9 men after just 19 mins of play. However it was Dick Advocaat’s side who took the lead through Aron Johansson on 25 minutes. Immediately Roda JC responded to equalise before Aron Johansson scored his second of the goal of the game as the 9 men of AZ led 2-1. Despite the 2 man advantage, Roda JC could not get the equaliser until the 90th minute to inflict late heart break on the former league leaders and ensure both sides headed home with a point. Roda JC would only end up with a one man advantage after Bart Bieman’s received his second yellow to be dismissed.

Feyenoord and PSV would both also drop points in round 14 and there were late goals scored in both fixtures. Ronald Koeman has come under increasing pressure after Feyenoord, despite creating numerous chances, were defeated 1-0 on the road at RKC Waalwijk. The family battle between managers Ronald and Erwin Koeman was won by the younger brother, Erwin, as Aurelien Joachim scored in injury time to inflict a blow to Feyenoord’s title hopes. PSV are yet to win since round 9 after they drew 1-1 at home to sc Heerenveen. As the side from Eindhoven lie in 8th, pressure is also high on Philip Cocu. Their visitors, sc Heerenveen sit behind them in the table in 9th, and despite going down to ten men after just 15 minutes, Marco van Basten’s side took the lead with 5 mins remaining in what appeared to be the match winner. However a last minute equaliser was a huge sigh of relief for Philip Cocu as they rescued a point, however the dropping of two points has seen them go 7 pts behind the league leaders.

The victory for RKC Waalwijk over Feyenoord has seen them move 3 points away from the dreaded automatic relegation spot, however they remain in the bottom three. NEC Nijmegen are the residents of the bottom spot after they were handed a 2-1 defeat by the newly promoted SC Cambuur. The victory for SC Cambuur on Saturday evening ensured they would rise out of the bottom three. It was ADO Den Haag who have fell back into the bottom three after they were comfortably beaten by Jan Wouters, FC Utrecht side on Sunday 3-0.

The remaining tie of the weekend saw a goalless draw between FC Groningen and PEC Zwolle at the Euroborg Stadion. Despite FC Groningen controlling the game and creating numerous chances, they were unable to find the vital winner which would have seen them rise to joint second.

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