Eredivisie fixtures overshadowed as RKC’s goalkeeper knocked unconscious
The Eredivisie this weekend was overshadowed by the abandonment of RKC Waalwijk and Ajax’s match due to the home goalkeeper being knocked unconscious after a collision.
Etienne Vaessen collided with Ajax forward Brian Brobbey in the 84th minute, with players calling for help immediately when they realised the Dutch goalkeeper wasn’t moving.
RKC later said that he regained consciousness once being taken off and the match, which Ajax were winning 3-2, was abandoned as a result of the traumatic scenes.
According to RKC, Vaessen has no memory of the incident and is recovering well in hospital, and everyone at Dub Sports wishes Vaessen a speedy recovery.
Here’s how the other teams did in the Eredivisie this weekend and whether my predictions were spot on.
Feyenoord 3-1 Go Ahead Eagles
Santiago Gimenez resumed his recent goalscoring form as he netted Feyenoord’s third goal in their victory against Go Ahead Eagles.
Yankuba Minteh and Calvin Stengs ensured it would be a comfortable night, putting Feyenoord 2-0 up after 56 minutes, before Gimemez scored his 10th league goal.
Sylla Sow scored a consolation goal five minutes off full-time, but that did not take the shine from Feyenoord’s fifth consecutive league win and they are now just four points off the top spot.
Feyenoord prepare for their UEFA Champions League game against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday as they are top of Group E.
Go Ahead Eagles sit eighth having lost their last two games.
PSV 3-1 FC Volendam
PSV Eindhoven endured a nervy win over FC Volendam before their 96th minute winner, thanks to Bayern Munich loanee Malik Tillman.
An early goal from Noa Lang set proceedings off to their predicted start, and after half-time Guus Til made it two goals to the good.
Volendam then scored a 76th minute penalty, courtesy of Calvin Twigt, however a red card for Volendam defender Benaissa Benemar in the 88th minute sealed their fate.
It leaves PSV with a 100% record after seven games – two ahead of their nearest rivals – whilst Volendam sit bottom of the league without a win.
PSV host Sevilla on Tuesday in the Champions League, hoping to improve on their defeat to Arsenal.
AZ Alkmaar 4-0 Fortuna Sittard
AZ Alkmaar also had a routine win this weekend to keep up the pressure on title rivals PSV, and another striker continued his fine start to the season.
Vangelia Pavlidis bagged his ninth goal of the campaign just after half-time, following Jordy Clasie’s injury time goal at the end of the first half.
An own goal by Dimitrios Siovas and a goal from Tiago Dantas sealed the convincing win.
Fortuna Sittard are on a run of two consecutive losses and despite early draws against Ajax and Feyenoord, are struggling; failing to score in four of their seven games this season, having also conceded seven goals in their last two games.
Utrecht 0-2 Almere City
Dreams do come true, as Almere City have won their first game ever in the Eredivisie in their first season in the topflight.
Helped by Utrecht’s striker Hugo Novoa receiving a red card midway through the second half, late goals from Thomas Robinet and Rajiv van La Parra earned a historic three points for the promoted side.
It means Almere climb to 16th above their opponents whilst Utrecht sit in the relegation zone.
The other fixtures
FC Twente had Michel Vlap to thank as they earned a 1-0 win over Heerenveen to also push for a title challenge at this early stage.
In a scrappy game of few chances, Vlap’s finish saw Twente pick up their sixth win in the league.
Vitesse produced a stunning performance away from home as the beat NEC Nijmegen 3-1, as former Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel scored the opener for the away side.
Heracles came from behind in their home fixture against PEC Zwolle, the away side took the lead through Lennart Thy before Heracles midfielder Emil Hansson’s double stole the three points.
And in the final match, Excelsior won 2-1 against Sparta Rotterdam, with on-loan Tottenham striker Troy Parrott again amongst the goals in the final seconds of the game after former Swansea City player Jonathan de Guzman’s opener.
It means that my predictions were very mixed as, despite five correct results, I only got one match spot on (Excelsior’s 2-1 win over Sparta Rotterdam), so I scored a total of 3.5 points out of eight for the second week running.
The Eredivisie table after matchday seven
European competitions take place in midweek, so no fixtures in the Eredivisie will take place until Friday’s match between FC Volendam and Utrecht.
PSV host Sevilla on Tuesday and Feyenoord travel to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the Champions League, respectively.
On Thursday, Ajax travel to Greece to face AEK Athens in the UEFA Europa League and AZ Alkmaar host Polish club Legia Warsaw in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
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