Eredivisie round-up: Five-star Ajax thrash AZ Alkmaar
Last Updated: 07/10/18 11:10pm
Ajax built on their midweek Champions League draw with Bayern Munich by reclaiming second place in the Eredivisie with a 5-0 win over AZ Alkmaar.
Donny van de Beek kicked off the hosts' rout with a cool third-minute finish, but Ajax had to wait until three minutes into the second half to add their second through Kasper Dolberg.
A Ricardo van Rhijn own goal sealed the contest four minutes later before Hakim Ziyech drove home a low fourth and a neat finish from Dusan Tadic completed victory six minutes from time.
Feyenoord failed to keep pace with their rivals as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Willem II.
Steven Berghuis thought he had given his side the three points when he slotted home a 73rd-minute penalty which had been awarded after a referral to the video assistant referee technology.
But the home side grabbed an equaliser five minutes from time when Francisco Sol converted a fine cross from Donis Avdijaj.
Vitesse recovered from last week's loss at Feyenoord by snapping Heracles' four-match winning run in emphatic fashion.
Navarone Foor set the home side on their way to an emphatic victory in the 11th minute before an Oussama Darfalou double either side of the half-time break and a late Alexander Buttner penalty sealed an improbable 4-0 win.
Struggling Emmen and Fortuna Sittard shared the points in an exciting 3-3 draw.
The home side looked set for victory through a Wessel Dammers own goal and a second from Jafar Arias just past the hour mark.
Lisandro Semedo pulled a goal back but Emmen reestablished their two-goal cushion through Alexander Bannink before two goals in the last 10 minutes from Finn Stokkers and Jose Rodriguez Martinez snatched Sittard a point.