Feyenoord survived Volendam’s scare over Butler to maintain a three-point lead over Ajax ahead of next weekend’s table-of-the-table clash in Amsterdam.
Volendam took the lead at Kuip when Darryl van Miegem stole a march in the Feyenoord defense and slipped the ball into the net after 12 minutes.
Feyenoord manager Arie Slott made three substitutions at half-time, with Rutscharel Geertruida holding off three defenders and laying off the ball before Santiago Jiménez equalized.
Volendam held on until the 76th minute when Damon Milani turned a cross into his own goal.
Feyenoord will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the conference league on Thursday before heading to the Johan Cruyff Arena on Sunday for a chance to open up a 6-point lead over their rivals.
Ajax extend their winning streak to seven games under interim John Haitinga Comfortable victory at Heerenveen.
The champions were leading 3-0 within 20 minutes, with Mohamed Kudus scoring the first and Edson Alvarez the second.
Pelle van Amersfoort stopped Heerenveen’s corruption when he punished goalkeeper Jeronimo Lulli for an indecisive moment with a header from close range. But Kenneth Taylor regained the advantage with a low shot just after half-time and Sidney van Hooydonk’s twisting header ten minutes before the end was only consolation.
PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy said: His side’s first-half performance against bottom-side Cambur Leeuwarden as “unacceptable”.
Cambuur took the lead through Remko Balk after a loose defense, but Xabi Simmons jumped on a misstep by Mitchell Paulissen to equalize three minutes later.
Van Nistelrooy brought on Anwar El Ghazi in the second half and the winger proved the difference with two goals as PSV cleared to win 5-2.
AZ Alkmaar stay in contention after Jesper Karlsson’s stunning goal in just four minutes see off groningenThe Swedish forward moved forward, spun away from the marker, shot from 25 meters and flew past Michael Verrips into the top corner.
Emmen then moved out of the bottom three at the expense of Excelsior 2-0 victory over Rotterdam side Two Poacher’s Goals by Ole Romeny.
Struggling Vitesse Lost 4 games in a row Despite taking an early lead with Sparta through Dominique Oroz. Alfred Verschulen’s header equalized just four minutes after him, and Koki Saito put his side ahead at home with a spectacular volley just before half-time. Joshua Kitrano scored with a header from a corner kick in the second half.
Twente is fourth, one point behind Sparta. 3-0 win over Fortuna in Limburg. After 67 minutes, Václav Cerny dribbled with Nutmeg as the last defender to put the visitors ahead before Manfred Ugalde scored twice to seal the win.
Utrecht came back from a 2–0 down with substitutes Bas Dost and Osmate Boussaid scoring two goals in the last five minutes to share points with draw specialists NEC.
The Go Ahead Eagles’ Friday night game against RKC Waalwijk has been postponed due to heavy snowfall in Deventer.
Go Ahead Eagles PP RKC Wahlwijk
AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Groningen
Emmen 2-0 Excelsior
Fortuna Sittard 0-3 Twente Enschede
Sparta Rotterdam 3-1 Vitesse Arnhem.
Feyenoord 2-1 Volendam
Heerenveen 2-4 Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven 5-2 Camburg Leeuwarden.
NEC 2-2 Utrecht
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/03/feyenoord-break-volendam-resistance-to-preserve-three-point-margin/ Feyenoord beat Volendam’s resistance to maintain three-point margin