Eredivisie round-up: Leaders Feyenoord hammer NEC to retain five-point gap
Last Updated: 29/01/17 9:36pm
Nicolai Jorgensen bagged a late brace as Feyenoord retained their five-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie with a resounding 4-0 win over NEC Nijmegen.
Steven Berghuis put Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men ahead at De Kuip with a sweet half-volley into the bottom right corner before former Southampton loanee Eljero Elia doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Denmark international forward Jorgensen sealed the win with two goals in the final four minutes to become the division's outright leading goalscorer on 14.
The leaders knew victory was needed to maintain the five-point cushion after second-placed Ajax won 3-0 at home to Den Haag earlier in the day.
Hakim Ziyech put the hosts ahead before a superb free-kick from Lasse Schone doubled the advantage ahead of the interval.
Ajax, who also hit the woodwork twice in the first half, came close to a third when Kasper Dolberg rattled the crossbar with an overhead kick, before the same player completed the scoring to move his team three points clear of third-placed PSV Eindhoven following their win at Heracles on Saturday.
Chelsea loanees Lewis Baker and Nathan were both on target as Vitesse Arnhem inflicted a 2-1 defeat on fifth-placed AZ Alkmaar.
Former Liverpool and Stoke winger Oussama Assaidi scored the decisive goal to give Twente a 2-1 success at Zwolle.
In the opening match of the day, fourth-placed Heerenveen could only manage a goalless draw at home to mid-table Groningen.