PSV and FC Twente fight for first place in Dutch Premier League
In the Dutch Premier League, the race for the championship is still a duel between PSV and FC Twente. Both teams played slightly disappointing home games at the weekend, but the results were sure to please their supporters. PSV Eindhoven beat Heracles of Almelo 5-2, while FC Twente defeated De Graafschap of Doetinchem 2-0. PSV en FC Twente now both have a four-point lead over FC Groningen, which beat Arnhem's Vitesse on Friday 4-1.
Ajax watched the gap between it and the main contenders for the title increase to five points. The Amsterdam club played a disappointing home match against NEC Nijmegen 1-1, which dominated the game in the first half. Mido scored for Ajax in the 76th minute, but NEC’s Bram Nuytinck scored the equalizer only two minutes later.
PSV did not finish off Heracles until the Almelo team lost defender Peter Reekers after he was shown a second yellow card. Ola Toivonen, Ibrahim Afellay and Marcus Berg gave the Eindhoven team a 5-2 victory. Theo Janssen once again saved the day for FC Twente, breaking De Graafschap’s resistance with two penalties.
AZ of Alkmaar now have the same number of points as Ajax. The two-fold national champion beat ADO Den Haag surprisingly easily 0-2. ADO were without Wesley Verhoek, who has been suspended. FC Utrecht had to thank Jan Wuytens for their 2-1 victory over Heerenveen. Wuytens, who failed to make any kind of positive impression during Thursday’s match against Napoli, scored the deciding goal in the final minute of the match.
Willem II won its fourth point of the season in a home game against Feyenoord. The Tilburg club, the lowest ranking team in the Premier League, drew 1-1 with the Rotterdam team thanks to an own goal by mid-fielder Ricky van Haaren in the 84th minute.
Matches between Excelsior & NAC Breda and VVV-Venlo & Roda JC were cancelled as a result of the winter weather.
Premier League top five after 17 matches:
1. PSV - 37 points 2. FC Twente - 37 points 3. FC Groningen - 33 points 4. Ajax - 32 points 5. AZ - 32 points
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