Eredivisie round-up: PSV Eindhoven stay in touching distance of Feyenoord
Last Updated: 18/02/17 10:39pm
PSV Eindhoven kept up the pressure on the Eredivisie top two with a 3-1 home win over NEC Nijmegen.
Philip Cocu's men made sure of all three points at the Philips Stadion to move level with Ajax and now five behind leaders Feyenoord, who are both not in action until Sunday.
Marco van Ginkel put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on 20 minutes, but Ali Messaoud levelled on the half-hour.
Bart Ramselaar restored PSV's lead early in the second half from close range, with captain Luuk de Jong slotting in a third in stoppage time.
Heracles Almelo beat 10-man Excelsior 4-0 at Polman Stadion.
The visitors had Jurgen Mattheij sent off in the 34th minute after collecting two quick cautions which was a second red card in three appearances for the defender.
Brandley Kuwas put the hosts ahead three minutes before half-time after his initial effort had come back off the crossbar.
Midfielder Thomas Bruns rolled in a second on 58 minutes, with defender Mike te Wierik dispatching a neat volley at the far post to make it 3-0 just after the hour and Swedish forward Kristoffer Peterson heading home a late fourth.
Utrecht went up into fourth place following a 3-1 home win over Zwolle.
An own goal by Bram van Polen gave Utrecht the lead just before half-time.
Winger Gyrano Kerk added a second from close range after 49 minutes and Nacer Barazite finished off a swift counter attack 10 minutes from time.
Nicolai Brock-Madsen netted a late consolation for the visitors.
FC Twente are in sixth after they beat Heerenveen 1-0 at De Grolsch Veste with a penalty from Mateusz Klich after 54 minutes.