PSV persist as weather ruins programme
The cold snap wiped out three of today's four scheduled games in the Eredivisie, including the clash between arch rivals Ajax and Feyenoord. The Dutch FA opted to postpone the fixture this morning due to heavy snowfall in Amsterdam with the game rearranged for 19 January 2011. They were advised that road conditions around the stadium were dangerous while public transport was limited.
The games between AZ and NEC Nijmegen and VVV-Venlo and FC Utrecht were also called off. The only match to beat the weather saw leaders PSV Eindhoven meet Roda JC at the Philips Stadion, with PSV running out 3-1 winners to return to the top of the Eredivisie.
Although Jeremain Lens' opener was cancelled out by Anouar Hadouir, PSV otherwise had things pretty much all their own way and second-half strikes from substitute Marcus Berg and Balazs Dzsudzsak saw them overhaul FC Twente and FC Groningen to return to the summit.
Although Ibrahim Afellay was largely subdued in his final game before leaving for Barcelona, the rest of the PSV frontline were too much to handle for Roda JC, who have fallen to fifth place this weekend.
PSV needed only five minutes to take the lead as Dzsudzsak's free-kick found Lens in the area, and the striker muscled defenders off the ball to finish from close range. Jonathan Reis had a great chance to double the lead in the 17th minute when he went through one-on-one, but instead his afternoon came to an abrupt end as he was injured in losing the ball to goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, and had to be replaced by Berg.
Roda were soon level as Hadouir fired an unstoppable free-kick into the top left-hand corner from the 25 yards out. PSV were briefly thrown off their stride, but had a chance to retake the lead before half-time when Dzsudzsak raced down the left to cross for Berg, who sent his shot narrowly over. However, Berg made no mistake eight minutes into the second half, getting on the end of Lens' cross with a left-footed shot beyond the reach of Tyton.
PSV then grabbed the decisive goal with 22 minutes left as Ola Toivonen's throughball found Dzsudzsak and he drilled a left-footed shot into the roof of the net. Lens had a chance to cap it in the dying moments, but his lobbed effort dropped narrowly wide of the right-hand post with the goalkeeper beaten.