Eredivisie: Groningen go top with Feyenoord win

September 28, 2008

GRONINGEN, Netherlands, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Marcus Berg hit a second-half double as Groningen beat 10-man Feyenoord 3-1 to go top of the Dutch league on Sunday.

Visitors Feyenoord played with 10 men for 80 minutes after Kevin Hofland was shown a straight red card for a professional foul.

Sepp de Roover opened the scoring when he shot his free kick under the jumping wall and into the net after 21 minutes and Berg doubled the lead with a well placed shot after a deflected corner kick nine minutes from time.

Andre Bahia pulled one back for the visitors but Berg made sure of the victory with a stoppage-time goal.

Groningen are top with 10 points from four matches, one more then PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda, following their home wins over Volendam and Heerenveen respectively on Saturday.

Ajax Amsterdam moved up to sixth with seven points after a 3-0 victory over Vitesse Arnhem thanks to a second-half goal from Luis Suarez and two from Jan Vertonghen.

ADO Den Haag, who were held to goalless draw by Utrecht, are ahead of Ajax on goal difference.

Brazilian Everton struck a minute before the final whistle to salvage a point for Heracles Almelo against NEC Nijmegen.

NEC had gone ahead after 74 minutes through Joel Tshibamba, who was then sent off in the same minute for a second booking.

At the bottom, Sparta Rotterdam and Roda JC Kerkrade both collected their second point of the season in a 2-2 draw.

Rydell Poepon and Joshua John gave Sparta the lead twice but Boldizsar Bodor and Sekou Cisse replied for the visitors.