Feyenoord edge a 5-goal thriller with Den Haag; Ajax hit 4 at Willem II; Bony scores in Vitesse draw; Utrecht win
Feyenoord 3 – ADO Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, December 16, 2012) Graziano Pelle’s amazing season continued as he fired Feyenoord in fornt, but Den Haag soon levelled through Mike van Duinen. A penalty from Lex Immers put the hosts ahead on the stroke of halftime. ADO rallied after the break as Danny Holla scored from the spot after Bruno Martins Indi collected his marching orders, but Den Haag were soon also reduced to 10 men when Tom Beugelsdijk saw red. The match was settled in the final stages as Tjaronn Chery stuck the ball in his own net to hand Feyenoord the win.
Willem II 2 – Ajax 4 (Eredivisie, December 16, 2012) Siem de Jong registered his seventh goal of the season in the 11th minute, with Danny Hoesen promptly doubling Ajax’s lead three minutes later, and it looked like Frank de Boer’s men had opened a clear route through to a sixth straight league win. But Aurelien Joachim halved the deficit just two minutes after Hoesen’s strike, with Genaro Snijders notching in the 28th minute to ensure the scores were level going into the break. Ajax became more and more frantic as their hosts held them at bay throughout a frustrating second half, but Niklas Moisander gave De Boer’s men the lead once again in the 72nd minute. Willem came close to salvaging the late equaliser that would have kept Ajax in fourth place but visiting substitute Jody Lukoki squeezed in a final goal to confirm the Amsterdam club’s ascent.
Vitesse 2 – RKC Waalwijk 2 (Eredivisie, December 16, 2012) Wilfried Bony opened up for Arnhem with a smashing header after eight minutes, his 16th goal of the season to top the Dutch scoring charts, but Teddy Chevalier equalised as he intercepted a back pass with 12 minutes remaining. Three minutes later, substitute Simon Cziommer restored the lead with a well-placed header but three minutes into stoppage time a deflected shot form Sander Duits salvaged a point for Waalwijk.
FC Utrecht 3 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, December 16, 2012) Both sides drew a blank in the first half but De Kogel seized on Jacob Mulenga’s pass to put Utrecht ahead in the 66th minute. The 21-year-old striker completed his brace four minutes later before Alfred Finnbogason halved the deficit from the penalty spot. But Heerenveen could not force an equaliser and Mulenga, who had previously had a goal ruled out for offside, made the hosts’ points safe with his 89th-minute strike.