RECAP: WEEKEND DUTCH ACTION
It was a busy weekend for the Dutch playing Americans as Sebastian Soto, Mael Corboz, Richard Ledezma played substantial minutes for their teams over the weekend
Telstar 2-0 Dordrecht
Back from his national team adventures, Sebastian Soto suited up for Telstar on Friday night and even put in an 80-minute shift as they made sure that Dordrecht stayed in last place with their victory.
Although holding up the table in the Eerste Divisie, the Sheep Heads didn't play like it and forced goalkeeper Jasper Schendelaar into action a few times in the first half. It would be the second half where the game got away from them. Glynor Plet scored his fourth and fifth for the team with Redouan El Yaakoubi proving the assist on both occasions. They both came early on.
In the 59th minute, El Yaakoubi struck from distance but the shot is knocked away but only into the path of Plet who doesn't miss. A couple of minutes later El Yaakoubi played his teammate though and he shoots between a pair of defenders and beats Belgian keeper, Anthony Swolfs. The 33-year-old striker also came close to completing his hat trick in the 82nd minute but was denied.
Next up for Telstar will be a road trip to take on Utrecht II.
Almere City 3-0 Go Ahead Eagles
Mael Corboz got the nod and started this game on the road against league leaders Almere City, playing 90 minutes in a losing effort as his Eagles were shut out while surrendering three goals that all came from corner kicks.
The first real threat came after 17 minutes from an Almere free-kick. Jay Gorter was able to turn it away from his goal and this first ensuing corner kick did not find the back of the net. It wasn't until the 40th minute that the hosts made the breakthrough when the corner was played short that Thomas Verheydt headed across goal to see his Danish teammate Frederik Helstrup tap it into the net.
The Eagles tried in the second half and in the 58th minute they made a double substitution with Jacob Mulenga being the most threatening across the field with his pace and movement. In the 65th minute, Corboz picked him out, and as he turned he pulled the trigger but effort went straight into the hands of the Almere keeper.
A few minutes later however the Black Sheep won another corner and scored again, with Oussama Bouyaghlafen getting the ball across the line from close range. If it wasn't then, the game was truly over when in the 76th minute Xian Emmers scored the third.
Still, in the top half of the standings in 10th place, the Eagles will host AZ Alkmaar II over the weekend.
Maastrict 3-3 PSV II
After his international adventures, Richard Ledezma suited on up for PSV's second team and played every minute of an impressive comeback after being down 3-0 in southeastern Holland. Chris Gloster wasn't on the team sheet, however.
It was truly a game of two halves and a lesson to MVV that a three-goal lead does not necessarily mean that you will earn three points in the end. The hosts needed just 15 minutes to take the lead after a good combination between Raoul Last and Joeri Schroijen that ended up with Arne Naudts and the Belgian tapped it in at the far post. In first-half stoppage time, Naudts assisted on the second goal scored by Joeri Schroijen.
MVV's third ended up in the back of the net a dozen minutes after the restart and again it was the Belgian striker. But this is where it ended for the hosts and began for the visitors. Icelandic striker Kristˇfer Kristinsson came on in the 61st minute and in the 66th he was celebrating his first goal of the night. The lead then slipped through the fingers of the Limburg team when in a space of a couple of minutes, the 82nd and 83rd to be exact, Yorbe Vertessen and then Kristinsson again struck and rescued a point, much to the disbelief of the MVV bench.
Jong PSV's next game will be at home over the weekend against Jong Utrecht.
Ajax 5-0 Heracles
It was truly a game to forget as Luca de la Torre and his Heracles side traveled to Amsterdam over the weekend and got spanked by league leaders Ajax as they couldn't recover from a 3-0 half time deficit that turned out to be a 5-0 defeat at the final whistle.
If the visitors were going to lose, they were going to do it in style and after just a half dozen minutes when Lassina Traore rocketed his strike into the back of the net.
With a Champions League coming in midweek, Heracles may have perhaps thought that not playing a full-strength opponent that had one eye on another prize would give them a bit of an advantage but although they applied some pressure and won a few corners, including an attempt at goal from Teun Bijleveld, nothing came of their prowess.
In the 29th minute, however, an Ajax attack led to a corner that led to a 2-0 lead, thanks to David Neres. It was then 3-0 seven minutes later from another corner, this time Zakaria Labyad finding the back of the net.
Things only got worse after the break because in the 57th minute, after missing a good chance in the first half, Dusan Tadic was spotted by Labyad and the Serbian didn't miss this time.
Michael Brouwer made some fine saves in the second half to keep out Labyad and Edson Alvarez but the inevitable fifth goal came in the 77th minute from the Moroccan for his second goal of the night.
Heracles has until Sunday to figure out what went wrong before hosting AZ Alkmaar.
Alex Mendez did not make it onto the Ajax II team sheet as the Amsterdammers had to settle for a 2-2 draw on the road against Den Bosch. The result leaves them in eighth place in the second division standings but they will go at it again on Monday night when Volendam comes to town.
Ulysses Llanez didn't suit up for Heerenveen's trip to Waalwijk where they let all three points slip away in the 82nd minute when they conceded the equalizer that saw the Super Frisians throw away a pair of points. They will be looking for all three again when they head to the Dutch capital over the weekend where they'll take on ADO Den Haag.
Desevio Payne missed the trip to Alkmaar where his FC Emmen lost 1-0 to an early goal. Next up will be a visit from Ajax.