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By ESPN Staff

Eredivisie: Three-goal defeats for big two

AMSTERDAM, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Sparta Rotterdam scored a 3-0 win over 10-men Ajax Amsterdam and NEC Nijmegen hit four second half goals to sink Feyenoord 4-1 in the Dutch league on Sunday.

Ajax were reduced to 10 men after 12 minutes when Wesley Sneijder was shown a straight red card for verbal abuse.

Yuri Rose opened the scoring for Sparta 10 minutes before the interval with a diving header and on the hour Sjaak Polak made it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Haris Medunjanin sealed Sparta's third straight win six minutes before time with a curling free kick. Sparta stay 16th, however.

PSV Eindhoven are top with 37 points from 14 matches after the 5-0 win over Utrecht on Saturday. Ajax remain second with 31, two above AZ Alkmaar, who are at Heerenveen later on Sunday.

Brett Holman broke the deadlock at NEC Nijmegen eight minutes into the second half after he rounded his marker and gave Feyenoord goalkeeper Henk Timmer no chance.

Chris Eagles, on loan from Manchester United, Dominique Kivuvu and Andrzej Niedzielan struck in the final 10 minutes for NEC. Feyenoord remain fifth with 26 points and NEC climbed to 12th with on points.

Yesterday, PSV Eindhoven struck five goals without reply to sink Utrecht and book their eighth consecutive win in the Dutch league.

Utrecht striker Robin Nelisse scored an own goal after seven minutes to give PSV the lead while Ibrahim Afellay and Jefferson Farfan were on target to wrap up the points before the break.

Farfan set up Arouna Kone eight minutes into the second half for PSV's fourth before adding his second with 14 minutes left.

PSV are top with 37 points after 14 matches and have not conceded a goal in 559 minutes. Ajax Amsterdam are second with 31 points and travel Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

AZ Alkmaar are third with 29 points before their visit to Heerenveen also on Sunday. Twente Enschede beat Vitesse Arnhem 2-0 on Friday to move up to fourth with 28.

Excelsior Rotterdam came from behind against Heracles Almelo after Everton's 15th minute opener for the visitors to book a 6-1 win -- their biggest first division victory in 21 years.

Andwele Slory equalised after half-an-hour and central defender Jos van Nieuwstadt struck from close range in injury time to give the Rotterdam side the halftime lead.

Heracles's Peter Reekers gave away a penalty and was sent off for a professional foul early in the second half giving Luigi Bruins the chance to make it 3-1 from the spot.

Sebastiaan Steur (58), Bruins again (69) and Giuliano Grot (78) completed the rout.

Kevin Bobson hit a first half double to inspire Willem II Tilburg to a 3-1 win over neighbours RKC Waalwijk. Both teams finished with 10 men after red cards for Iwan Redan and Virgilio Teixeira either side of halftime.