ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Roy Makaay struck twice to inspire Feyenoord to a 2-0 derby victory over Sparta Rotterdam that lifted them over PSV Eindhoven into first place in the Dutch league on Wednesday.
Feyenoord are top with 35 points from 16 matches, two points above PSV who lost 2-1 at Groningen. Ajax Amsterdam, third on 31 points, host Twente Enschede on Thursday. Groningen are fourth with 30 points after 17 matches.
Makaay intercepted a pass from Nourdin Boukhari after four minutes to open the scoring and settled the match from close range from a pass by Andwele Slory with 16 minutes remaining.
Brazilian full back Alcides put PSV ahead after 21 minutes but Rasmus Lindgren equalised on the hour with a well-placed shot.
Lindgren combined with Marcus Berg 12 minutes from time and Berg outplayed his marker and beat goalkeeper Gomes at the near post to seal the victory.
Leon Kantelberg and Sandro Calabro scored in the final 20 minutes for VVV Venlo to salvage a point at NEC Nijmegen, who had built a 2-0 lead with Tim Janssen scoring twice.
VVV remain 13th with 16 points, three more then Nijmegen, after 17 matches. Sparta are 15th with 12 points.