Eindhoven, Netherlands – A goal in each half from Tim Matavz led PSV Eindhoven to a big 5-1 win over 10-man AZ Alkmaar on Sunday after the visitors had a player sent off in the eighth minute.
Etienne Reijnen received his marching orders in the opening 10 minutes for AZ, and Matavz took advantage by scoring only three minutes later to put PSV in front.
However, the visitors equalized through Adam Maher midway through the first half and entered the break on level terms.
For all the good work that AZ did with 10 men in the first half, things began to fall apart in the 54th minute as Mark van Bommel tallied his first goal of the season to make it 2-1 to PSV.
Marcelo extended the lead in the 68th, with Matavz burying his second goal of the contest 15 minutes later and Atiba Hutchinson capping the scoring in the 90th minute to give PSV its third win in four games.
Twente needed a stoppage-time penalty kick from Leroy Fer to remain perfect as the club survived a tough battle against Venlo, 1-0, while Vitesse needed some late heroics of its own to remain unbeaten as Bonno Wilfried scored in stoppage time to give his team a 1-0 victory against Feyenoord.
The other match on Sunday saw Ajax and Heerenveen play to a 2-2 draw as Thulani Serero scored both goals for the Amsterdam side before being sent off in the 53rd minute, while Heerenveen's Alfred Finnbogason scored twice in the first half.