Feyenoord stays at the summit

Oct 20, 2007 - 9:59 PM AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Ticker) - Feyenoord maintained its one-point lead over PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Eredivisie standings after narrowly beating Excelsior, 1-0, on Saturday.

A 78th-minute goal from Giovanni Van Bronckhorst settled the match in favour of the Rotterdammers, who made it seven wins from eight matches so far this season.

PSV are still breathing down Feyenoord's necks, however, after they claimed a workmanlike 3-1 win over bottom side VVV Venlo.

Otman Bakkal (24) and Danny Koevermans (51) gave PSV a two-goal cushion before Samir El Gaaouiri put Venlo back in the hunt on 61 minutes.

However, a second from Koevermans 13 minutes from time sealed the win that sees PSV pull clear of third-placed Ajax, who could only manage a goalless draw with NEC Nijmegen.

Heracles secured only their fifth point of the season after a 2-2 draw at Vitesse Arnhem.

The visitors took the lead in the 33rd minute through Everton Ramos da Silva before Vitesse hit back with two goals in two minutes from Anders Due (56) and Civard Sprockel (58).

That looked to be enough for the hosts to take the points, but two minutes from time Rob Maas fired home from the penalty spot to snatch a point for Heracles.

On Friday, surprise package De Graafschap moved to fourth in the standings with a 4-0 hammering of Sparta Rotterdam.

Lasse Schon opened the scoring and the floodgates in the 67th minute, with goals from Berry Powel (78), Leon Hese (83) and Donny De Groot (87) completing the rout.

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