PSV back on top but Heerenveen and Feyenoord also win
Last Updated: February 12, 2012 5:49pm
Dries Mertens: Opened the scoring as PSV Eindhoven returned to the top of the table
PSV Eindhoven reclaimed top spot in the Eredivisie table as Heerenveen and Feyenoord also won to remain in title contention.
AZ Alkmaar hit the summit on Saturday following a 2-0 victory over Excelsior, but PSV returned to the head of affairs on goal difference after a 4-1 thrashing of struggling De Graafschap.
A first-half goal blitz did the damage for PSV as Dries Mertens opened the scoring from the penalty spot after eight minutes and Ola Toivonen added a second on 26 minutes.
Click below for individual match stats:FC Utrecht 1 ADO Den Haag 1
PSV Eindhoven 4 De Graafschap 1
RKC Waalwijk 0 Heerenveen 1
Feyenoord 3 Vitesse Arnhem 1
Tim Matavz made it 3-0 three minutes later and, after Jeremain Lens had scored the fourth before half-time, De Graafschap scored a second-half consolation through Gil Vermouth.
John Guidetti scored another hat-trick to ensure Feyenoord remain five points adrift of PSV following a 3-1 success at home over Vitesse Arnhem.
The striker, who is on loan at De Kuip from Manchester City, opened the scoring on 12 minutes and then doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 31 minutes.
Vitesse replied with a penalty of their own from Nick Hofs before half-time, but Guidetti completed his hat-trick - his third of the season - with seven minutes to go.
Heerenveen are also five points off the pace after a 1-0 win away to 10-man RKC Waalwijk.
The home side had Evander Sno sent off just before the half-hour mark and Rajir van La Parra scored the decisive goal five minutes before half-time.
FC Utrecht and ADO Den Haag pulled a point further clear of the bottom three clubs after playing out a 1-1 draw.
Frank Demouge put Utrecht in front on the half-hour, but Den Haag earned a point thanks to Lex Immers' leveller two minutes before the break.