Ajax clean up, Utrecht fight for draw

Ajax continued their fine start to the Eredivisie season after they convincingly took Heerenveen to pieces in a 5-1 win at the Amsterdam ArenA. Having taken a slim 2-1 lead into half-time the reigning champions asserted their dominance and turned what was a game in the balance into a rout.

Bas Dost had given the visitors hope of holding parity at half-time having cancelled out Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's opener just two minutes after it had given Ajax the lead. However, three minutes later on 42 minutes Toby Alderweireld struck an unstoppable second, leaving Brian Vandenbussche a mere spectator in the Heerenveen goal.

After the break the cogs began to turn in the hosts' favour, with Derk Boerrigter scoring six minutes into the second half to provide some breathing room. Miralem Sulejmani allowed Frank de Boer's side to relax for the final 15 minutes as he made the three points safe before Gregory van der Wiel added a coat of gloss to their first home league game of the season.

Two goals by Jacob Mulenga in the last 12 minutes of the game saw FC Utrecht come back to claim a draw against De Graafschap. Goals by Rydell Poepon and Soufian El Hassnaoui had given the visitors a two-goal lead as they searched for their first point of the season after their 4-1 mauling by Ajax in the opening game. However, Mulenga struck with 12 minutes to go before he equalised five minutes later to give the hosts their second consecutive draw.

Heracles Almelo fought back from a half-time deficit to defeat NAC Breda and record their first victory of the new season. Visitors NAC took a 32nd-minute lead through Matthew Amoah but Heracles drew level thanks to a Willy Overtoom penalty midway through the second half and then snatched the winner through Everton 14 minutes from time.

Tim Matavz struck a first-half hat-trick as FC Groningen bounced back from their opening-weekend defeat with a home triumph over ADO Den Haag today. Slovenia international Matavz netted in the 17th, 21st and 38th minutes and when Leandro Bacuna made it 4-0 immediately after half-time Groningen were on course for a comprehensive victory. However, ADO hit back with quickfire goals from Lex Immers and Mike van Duinen to at least save some face.