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Sep 10, 2005

Arveladze hat-trick keeps AZ Alkmaar on top

AMSTERDAM, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Shota Arveladze scored a hat-trick as AZ Alkmaar thrashed strugglers RBC Roosendaal 7-0 to stay top of the Dutch first division on Saturday.

Alkmaar have a maximum 12 points from their four matches and lead RKC Waalwijk on goal difference after they had booked their fourth straight win against Roda JC Kerkrade on Friday.

Georgian Arveladze opened the scoring after 28 minutes while Danish international Kenneth Perez doubled the lead seven minutes after the interval.

The floodgates then opened after Danny Landzaat made it 3-0 from the penalty spot. Landzaat added his second, Arveladze completed his hat-trick and substitute Stijn Huysegems scored his first of the season.

Champions PSV Eindhoven stayed in third place on 10 points after a tight 1-0 win over Utrecht, Arouna Kone sealing the victory early in the second half after a mistake from Utrecht goalkeeper Franck Grandel. Kone later had a penalty saved.

Heracles Almelo moved fourth following their third consecutive win, 2-1 at Heerenveen. Kwame Quansah opened the scoring three minutes into the second half but with 10 minutes remaining Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised from the spot. Gert Jan Tamerus headed the winner in stoppage time.

Ajax Amsterdam climbed to sixth after a 2-0 win at Willem II Tilburg despite having Czech Zdenek Grygera sent off on the hour. Tomas Galasek opened the scoring in the first half from distance and Angelos Haristeas settled the match on the counter attack after 85 minutes.

Fifth place Feyenoord, also with maximum points, are in action on Sunday at home against NEC Nijmegen.