It was a crazy weekend in the Eredivisie, and Leo Walker gives you a full review of all the action.

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boetius 9Ajax ended PEC Zwolle’s unbeaten start to the Eredivisie season in round six after a recording a 2-1 victory at the Amsterdam Arena, however Ron Jans side remain at the top of the Eredivisie table. The Champions are now just two points off the leaders following two second half goals, the first scored by Christian Eriksen’s replacement, Thulani Serero, after 72 minutes. Four minutes later Frank de Boers side were 2-0 up after a comical own goal by Zwolle’s, Maikel van der Werff which wrapped up the three points. The visitors scored nothing but a consolation goal in the 89th minute through Giovanni Gravenbeek

PSV were unable to capitalise on PEC Zwolle’s loss as they rescued a point at the Grolsch Veste Stadion in the game which ended Saturdays action. The hosts led at half time following Shadrach Egan’s opener after 16 minutes, which was the youngster first Senior goal for the club. PSV equalised after 66 minutes, however just four minutes later they conceded again to fall 2-1 behind. Marcus Depay scored a deflected equaliser with just 7 minutes to go which rescued a point for Philip Cocu’s men and see them reduce the gap at the top to just one point. Only eight games took place in round six due to postponement of the ADO Den Haag vs Vitesse fixture due to draining issues at the stadium which led to a waterlogged pitch. The remaining game to take place on Saturday was between SC Cambuur and Heracles Almelo where last season’s Eerste Divisie Champions, SC Cambuur, recorded a 2-0 victory. Michiel Hemmens put SC Cambuur 1-0 up just before half time when scoring his second goal of the season, whilst the points were wrapped up with just two minutes remaining after an own goal by Jason Davidson.

NEC Nijmegen remain at the bottom of the Eredivisie, despite recording their third draw in a row. The side have improved under new leadership as they drew 3-3 with Feyenoord when getting the action underway on Sunday. The visitors led through Lex Immers after 26 minutes before the hosts responded just four minutes later and ensure that the teams went in level at half time. Jean Paul Boetius returned to the Feyenoord side after his injury and made an almost immediate impact scoring within just six minutes of being on the pitch to put Feyenoord ahead. The hosts replied immediately and put themselves in a strong position to win their first Eredivisie game since February when going ahead after 77 minutes. However, the end to their winless drought will continue after Bruno Martins Indi rescued a point for Feyenoord and saved their blushes. A win on the road still eludes Feyenoord so far this season.

Go Ahead Eagles will be feeling hard done by after suffering a 3-0 loss away at AZ Alkmaar. The score line flattered the hosts when two of the three goals were scored in extra time after the 90 minute mark. Go Ahead Eagles, specifically Sjoerd Overgoor, gifted the first goal to AZ Alkmaar when one of the worst challenges we will see all season allowed for Aron Johansson to score from the spot after 31 minutes. NAC Breda lifted themselves out of the bottom three when the performance of the week saw them put five past Roda JC for the second time in succession when recording a 5-1 victory on Sunday. They also put five goals past Roda JC in the penultimate game of last season when they defeated them 5-2. Roda JC led just before half time after scoring on 44 minutes, however the visitors responded immediately with the sides going in level at the break. Two goals in four minutes saw NAC Breda take a two goal lead before Frank Demouge was rightly sent off for the hosts after a raised foot. Two further goals were scored in the last five minutes for NAC Breda to record their first victory of the season.

RKC Waalwijk replaced NAC Breda in the bottom three after the weekend’s results following their 2-1 defeat away at FC Utrecht which ended the weekend’s action. Steve de Ridder put in a man of the match performance with two brilliantly taken goals in the first half to put the hosts well on their way to three points. The visitors did respond on the 63rd minute however they were unable to get an equaliser.

The game of the weekend arguably was the “Derby of the North”, a fixture which saw six goals scored and three red cards in a fierce encounter between the two rivals, sc Heerenveen and FC Groningen. Timo Letschert was the first dismissed for FC Groningen after just 11 minutes when committing a reckless challenge. Mitchell Dijks was dismissed for Heerenveen after a rugby challenge in the box on the half hour mark which resulted in FC Groningen taking the lead from the spot. Three goals in four rampant minutes saw Heerenveen take the lead early into the second half, and then conceding an equaliser to make it 2-2. Alfred Finnbogason scored from the spot after 72 minutes before FC Groningen’s Tjaronn Chery became the third player sent off in the game. That man again, Alfred Finnbogason, would score his eighth league goal of the season to wrap up the three points for the hosts and move them within just two points of PEC Zwolle.

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