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By ESPN Staff

AZ smash 8 goals in first Dutch League game

AZ Alkmaar showed why many pundits fancy them to challenge Holland's big three for the Eredivisie title this season by kicking off their campaign with an 8-1 spanking of NAC Breda.

Simon Cziommer scored a hat-trick, Danny Koevermans a brace while Joris Mathijsen, Stijn Schaars and Tim De Cler also got on the scoresheet.

Ronnie Stam scored NAC's goal when the score was 2-0 but Louis van Gaal's side have thrown down the gauntlet to champions PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Feyenoord, who all play tomorrow.

An injury-time goal by Afonso Alves earned Heerenveen all three points from a five-goal thriller in The Hague.

The Brazilian midfielder capped Heerenveen's superb comeback with the winner at the death to earn a 3-2 victory.

Iwan Redan's 82nd-minute winner handed Willem II the ideal start to the Eredivisie season with a narrow 2-1 victory over Utrecht in Tilburg.

The hosts had fallen behind in the second minute to a Marc-Antoine Fortune strike but Mounir El Hamdaoui equalised in the 23rd minute with a penalty.

Redan, the former RKC Waalwijk and Roda JC striker, sealed the win for Willem when he converted a Kevin Bobson cross late on.

Excelsior's celebrations on returning to the Eredivisie were quickly dampened as visitors Roda JC took all three points with a 1-0 win.