Eredivisie: PSV thump 10-men Graafschap
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb 24 (Reuters) - PSV Eindhoven came from behind to beat 10-men Graafschap Doetinchem 4-1 and stay nine points clear at the top of the Dutch league on Sunday.
Lasse Schoene opened the scoring for Graafschap after seven minutes but Danko Lazovic equalised less than one minute later after being set up by Ibrahim Afellay.
Otman Bakkal put PSV ahead early in the second half before Timmy Simons converted a penalty and Lazovic notched his second in the last 10 minutes while Graafschap had Leon Hese sent off for a professional foul.
With eight matches remaining, PSV have 59 points, nine more than Ajax who beat NAC Breda 3-2 with an 82nd minute winner from Dutch international John Heitinga.
Ajax took the lead in a seesaw game when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored from Edgar Davids's cross in the 20th minute.
Breda, who had won their previous seven games, turned the match around when Matthew Amoah and Rob Penders scored in an eight-minute spell after the break.
The hosts led until the 76th minute when Urby Emanuelson equalized for Ajax.
Feyenoord remain third with 48 points following a 3-3 draw at Heracles Almelo on Saturday while Breda slipped to fifth with 47 points on goal difference behind Groningen, who won 5-2 at VVV Venlo.
Goran Lovre, Marcus Berg and Berry Powel gave Groningen a 3-0 lead before Ken Leemans and Jason Oost brought VVV back in the match.
In the last five minutes, Berg scored his second and Stefan Nijland added a fifth to seal Groningen's victory.
NEJ Nijmegen produced the weekend's best fightback as they scored three times in the last half hour to win 3-2 at Heerenveen, who lead 2-0 at halftime but had goalkeeper Brian Vandenbussche sent off for handball.
Youssef El Akchaoui scored the winner with an injury-time free kick.