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Eredivisie Review: Willem II off the mark, Heerenveen leave it late

24 August 2014 00:09

Willem II were Saturday's big winners in the Eredivisie as they got their campaign up and running with a 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar.

The newly promoted side returned to the top flight with back-to-back defeats but Ben Sahar made the most of Mattias Johansson's poor back pass to play in Bruno Andrade for a 14th-minute opener to kick-start their campaign.

Ali Messaoud doubled the hosts' advantage in the 30th minute after his initial effort had come back off the post and then substitute Charlton Vicento sealed the points five minutes from time to complete a miserable afternoon for Marco van Basten's men.

Elsewhere, Heerenveen left it late to see off 10-man Excelsior as Marten de Roon and Sam Larsson netted inside the last six minutes to secure a 2-0 victory.

It was a frustrating encounter for the home team until Excelsior goalkeeper Jordy Deckers felled Luciano Slagveer in the area and was sent off late on.

By that stage, Excelsior had used all three substitutes, which meant midfielder Kevin Vermuelen donned the gloves - only to be beaten by De Roon's spot kick and Larsson’s last-minute strike.

Elsewhere, Go Ahead Eagles were left still looking for their first win of the season following a lacklustre goalless draw with Dordrecht.

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3 - 0

AZ

L W D W W
Competition
Eredivisie
Date
23 August 2014
Game week
3
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Venue
Koning Willem II Stadion (Tilburg)
Attendance
9500

Goals

Bruno Andrade 14'
(assist by B. Sahar) 
1 - 0
2 - 0
C. Vicento 86'
(assist by T. Ondaan) 
3 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
36 86'
12
5
39
3
21
6
# Player Bookings
20
12
23
25
24
14

Saturday 27 December

Friday 26 December

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20:58
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20:27
20:23
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20:10
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20:05
20:01
19:54
19:54
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19:43
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19:33
19:25
19:09
18:15
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12:02
11:48
11:10
08:44
05:24
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03:45
02:56
01:35
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Thursday 25 December

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 17 +34 43
2 17 +26 39
3 17 +15 31
4 17 +10 29
5 17 +10 28
6 17 +1 28
7 17 +2 26
8 17 -5 24
9 17 -3 23
10 17 +8 22
11 17 +0 22
12 17 -4 20
13 17 -13 17
14 17 -7 16
15 17 -9 16
16 17 -14 16
17 17 -21 13
18 17 -30 7

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