Feyenoord win to climb to the summit

September 1, 2007

AMSTERDAM, Sep 1 (Reuters) - Two first half goals earned Feyenoord a 2-0 home win over Willem II Tilburg in the Dutch league on Saturday.

Luigi Bruins opened the scoring after 24 minutes when his volley from a pass by Nuri Sahin hit the net and two minutes before the interval Roy Makaay doubled the lead.

Feyenoord goalkeeper Henk Timmer saved a penalty from Said Boutahar on the hour.

Feyenoord are top for the first time since October 2005 with nine points after three matches, two points ahead of PSV Eindhoven, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Twente Enschede.

Ajax Amsterdam, hosting Groningen on Sunday, are third with six points, joined by Vitesse Arnhem, also in action on Sunday against NEC Nijmegen and AZ Alkmaar following their 3-0 victory against Excelsior Rotterdam on Friday.

In Heerenveen the home team and Sparta Rotterdam shared the points in a six-goal spectacle with an unlucky role for Sparta striker Darryl Roberts who scored an own-goal three minutes from time.

NAC Breda fought back from a goal down, Everton scored after 49 minutes, to beat Heracles Almelo 4-1 for their first win this season.

Joonas Kolkka equalised in the 56th minute before Csaba Feher curled a free kick around the wall, while in the final 10 minutes Matthew Amoah struck twice to settle the match.