NEC set the pace, Excelsior score famous win
Bjorn Vleminckx fired a hat-trick as NEC Nijmegen climbed to an unaccustomed second place in the Eredivisie standings with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Willem II.
Juha Hakola fired the hosts in front on six minutes before Lasse Schone levelled for NEC just 12 minutes later. Frank Demouge's effort ensured Willem II were ahead at the break but Vleminckx (55, 62) struck a quickfire double after the restart and Bas Sibum (68) added a fourth to put NEC in charge.
Andreas Lasnik brought Willem II back into contention from the penalty spot after 70 minutes before Vleminckx put the result beyond doubt with his third in stoppage time.
NEC's second win in as many games at the start of the season moves them level on points with early leaders PSV. Willem II are bottom of the pile after their second straight loss.
Roda JC are up to fourth place after a 3-1 win at ADO Den Haag. The hosts went ahead through Frantisek Kubik after four minutes but Roda were quickly back on level terms thanks to a penalty by Mads Junker. Laurent Delorge added Roda's second on 12 minutes before Jimmy Hempte (71) wrapped up the win in the second half.
Guyon Fernandez's last-minute strike secured a famous victory for Excelsior in a pulsating Rotterdam derby against Feyenoord. Fernandez opened the scoring for the hosts before an effort by Ron Vlaar and a Daan Bovenberg own goal put Feyenoord on course for victory.
Bovenberg fired the ball into the correct net 13 minutes from time put the promoted side back on level terms before Fernandez struck at the death to snatch all the points.
FC Utrecht were 3-1 winners against nine-man NAC Breda. Ricky van Wolfswinkel fired Utrecht into a 14th minute lead but NAC went in level at the interval thanks to Matthew Amoah's 25th-minute effort.
Dries Mertens restored Utrecht's lead a minute after the restart before NAC were reduced to 10 men when Jens Janse picked up a second yellow card after 68 minutes. Donny Gorter was dismissed 10 minutes from time for a foul in the area that led to Van Wolfswinkel adding Utrecht's third from the spot.