AMSTERDAM, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Kenneth Perez scored a hat-trick to help AZ Alkmaar to a crushing 5-0 win at Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday, consolidating their lead in the Dutch first division.
Shota Arveladze opened the scoring for Alkmaar after 30 minutes and doubled the lead eight minutes later following a pass by Dutch international Denny Landzaat.
On the stroke of halftime Danish international Perez settled the match with a header and added two more goals after the interval, both set up by Arveladze.
AZ have a maximum nine points from three matches, level with RKC Waalwijk who stayed in touch following their third win of the season, 3-1 at NEC Nijmegen.
Feyenoord are third with six points and will be in action on Sunday when they travel to rivals Ajax Amsterdam.
Roda JC Kerkrade host champions PSV Eindhoven who have four points.
Rick Hoogendorp gave RKC the lead after 14 minutes and Pole Andrzej Niedzielan equalised 19 minutes into the second half.
Five minutes later Belgian Benjamin de Ceulaer restored RKC's lead and his compatriot Jochen Janssen sealed victory in the final minutes.
At the bottom Ricky van den Bergh was on target to hand promoted Sparta Rotterdam a 1-0 win over NAC Breda, their first victory of the season.
Central defender Jean Paul Saeijs headed the ball home in injury time to earn ADO Den Haag their first points of the campaign with a 1-0 win over Heerenveen on Friday.