Eredivisie Review | Round 10

Round 10 of the Eredivisie saw league leaders PSV Eindhoven take on struggling Ajax at the Philips Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The visitors started the same well with goals from Branco van den Boomen and Brian Brobbey, however the league leaders showed their class in the second half, a hat-trick from Hirving Lozano and goals from Luuk de Jong and Ismael Saibari gave PSV a 5-2 win against the team from Amsterdam. Get Belgium and Dutch Football News editor Hugo Hargreaves wrote a more in-depth analysis of the game and the implications for both high-flying PSV and bottom of the table Ajax, both sides could not be further apart in both their league position and form.

This weekend also saw FC Twente host Feyenoord in a clash between third and fourth. While the visitors were fresh off the back of an exhilarating midweek Champions League win against Lazio, they were unable to maintain unbeaten start to this season. FC Twente were able to start the game strong against a Feyenoord side that was potentially hungover from their midweek clash as striker Manfred Ugalde was able to give Twente an early lead. Arne Slot tried to change the game around after 45 minutes with a double substitution, seeing Luka Ivanušec and Alireza Jahanbakhsh replace Bart Nieuwkoop and Igor Paixão. However this was to no avail as it was FC Twente substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel who put the hosts two goals ahead. Feyenoord were only able to score a consolation goal through defender Lutsharel Geertruida which saw the game end 2-1 and FC Twente collecting all three points. This leaves Twente in third place, two points ahead of Feyenoord in fourth, who will be looking to bounce back next week when they travel to RKC Waalwijk, while Twente travel to FC Utrecht.

The game between Sparta Rotterdam and RKC Waalwijk was an action packed game which included goals, red cards and numerous VAR interventions. The first-half started slow but after 45 minutes the referee awarded the hosts a penalty however after a VAR review the penalty was overturned. However after the break the referee denied Rotterdam of a penalty but was informed to intervene after another VAR review, this time the penalty was awarded and Tobias Lauritsen put the hosts 1-0 up. Then came a crazy five minutes, especially for Sparta midfielder Arno Verschueren who put the hosts 2-0 up after an assist from Lauritsen but only three minutes later was sent off, leaving Sparta to finish the remaining 25 minutes with ten men.

Saturday saw SC Heerenveen play host to Heracles, the team from Friesland were comfortable winners against the team from Almelo with goals from Osame Sahraoui and a brace from Luuk Brouwers completing a 3-0 win for Heerenveen. Elsewhere in the Eredivisie saw FC Volendam play host to Excelsior on Sunday, the visitors were able to get off to a good start with Couhaib Driouech scoring after 33 minutes and sending Excelsior into the half-time break 1-0 up. However an inspired second half saw FC Volendam score three in 20 minutes with goals from Benaissa Benamar, Robert Mühren and Milan de Haan to ensure the three points stayed as the Kras Stadium as Volendam ended the game winning 3-1.

The remaining three games of the weekend all culminated in draws, with two goalless encounters between Almere FC against Go Ahead Eagles and Fortuna Sittard versus FC Utrecht. The points in the game between Vitesse and PEC Zwolle were also shared but goals from Younes Namli of Vitesse and Million Manhoef of PEC Zwolle ensured that it was not a hat-trick of goalless draws in the Eredivise this weekend.

GBeNeFN | Max Mumford

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