ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov 24 (Reuters) - An uninspired PSV Eindhoven registered a 4-1 away at Excelsior Rotterdam on Saturday to go top of the Dutch league.
Midway through the first half Kenneth Perez set up Otman Bakkal for the opener and within the hour Danny Koevermans and Danko Lazovic had also scored to settle the outcome.
Sebastian Pardo pulled one back for the home side from the rebound after goalkeeper Gomes blocked his penalty but Perez restored the advantage from the spot 14 minutes from time.
PSV are top with 27 points from 12 matches, two points above Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord, who play Vitesse Arnhem and Groningen respectively on Sunday.
Graafschap Doetinchem upset fourth-placed Heerenveen 3-2 to end their five-match winning streak.
Donny de Groot opened the scoring for Graafschap though Michael Dingsdag equalised before Lasse Schone restored the lead shortly before the break.
Heerenveen were reduced to 10 men after 64 minutes following a second booking for Gianni Zuiverloon and Berry Powel added a third goal for the visitors three minutes later. Danijel Pranjic pulled one back with a penalty.
Heerenveen remain fourth with 20 points, while Graafschap climbed to ninth with 18, on goal difference behind AZ Alkmaar who beat 10-man Willem II Tilburg 2-0 with first half goals from Ari and Moussa Dembele.
Heracles Almelo and VVV Venlo played out a 0-0 draw.