NAC Breda moved up to seventh in the Eredivisie table with a 3-1 away win - the first of their campaign - at struggling Excelsior tonight.
NAC Breda defeated PSV Eindhoven 4-2 today, handing the Eredivisie leaders only their second defeat of the season today.
Last year's Eredivisie runners-up Ajax had to settle for a 2-2 draw at FC Groningen as two late goals denied them a winning start to the new campaign.
PSV Eindhoven maintained their grip on the league by defeating basement boys Waalwijk 5-1, as Ajax cruised to a 4-0 win over ten-man Utrecht.
They may have the pedigree but Germany will not have it all their own way against Australia, Ghana and Serbia in a competitive-looking Group D.
Algeria, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire were all able to celebrate wins as the third round of qualifying for South Africa 2010 reached the halfway stage.