Eredivisie round-up: Robin van Persie red-carded after late winner
Last Updated: 30/09/18 8:23pm
Robin van Persie scored a late winner and was then sent off as Feyenoord kept pace with second-placed Ajax in the Eredivisie with a stormy 2-1 win over Vitesse.
Van Persie curled home a brilliant free-kick in the 87th minute but later became the third player to be shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Max Clark.
Vitesse had both Thomas Bruns and Daniljo Doekhi sent off in the second half, having taken a shock 32nd-minute lead through Matus Bero.
Eric Botteghin equalised for Feyenoord two minutes into the second half, while Steven Berghuis also had an effort ruled out by VAR.
Heracles maintained their own strong start to the season as they beat Emmen 2-1 for their fourth straight league win.
The in-form hosts seized control from the start, with Brandley Kuwas prodding them ahead in the sixth minute before Kristoffer Peterson doubled their advantage less than a minute later.
Anco Jansen reduced the deficit through a 68th-minute penalty but it was not enough to prevent the visitors sliding to defeat.
AZ Alkmaar lost more ground on the teams above them as they twice surrendered the lead to draw 2-2 at home with PEC Zwolle.
Oussama Idrissi's early effort was cancelled out by Vito van Crooij before the break and, after Guus Til restored the home side's lead, Zian Flemming equalised two minutes from time.
De Graafschap edged to a 2-1 win over visitors Willem II, who finished the game with nine men.
Atakan Akkaynak was issued a straight red card after 18 minutes, shortly before Stef Nijland fired the home side in front.
Dries Saddiki equalised early in the second half but the visitors lost a second player when Diego Palacios was booked for the second time on the hour mark. A late Fernando Lewis own goal handed De Graafschap the points.
Utrecht grabbed a point at fellow strugglers Groningen despite the 66th-minute sending-off of Simon Gustafson.
Sander van de Streek shot the visitors in front early but Ahmad Moreira equalised for Groningen in the 76th minute.