PSV takes Dutch league lead by beating Twente 3-0


Associated Press

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — PSV Eindhoven moved top of the Dutch league Sunday by beating FC Twente 3-0 to round off a weekend in which all 33,000 amateur matches in the country were called off because of the death of a linesman attacked by players after a youth match a week ago.

Georginio Wijnaldum gave PSV the lead in the 38th minute when he turned in a cross from the right by Luciano Narsingh.

Tim Matavz, who scored a hat trick against Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday, added the second for PSV in the 80th and Narsingh made it 3-0 two minutes later.

PSV began Sunday in third place, just one point behind leaders Twente and Vitesse Arnhem.

Arnhem also lost, going down 3-1 at VVV-Venlo.

All Eredivisie matches were preceded by a minute's silence and players and officials wore black armbands in honor of Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who died Monday, a day after he was attacked following a match in which one of his sons was playing. Four teenage players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten are in custody, suspected of involvement in the beating.

About 12,000 people braved wind and rain to take part in a silent march Sunday evening to commemorate Nieuwenhuizen in his home town, Almere, just outside Amsterdam.

"One thing you could not stand on the field was big mouths, let alone senseless violence," said Nieuwenhuizen's son, Alain, choking back tears as he read a message to his dead father. "We will miss you dad. Rest in peace."

Michael van Praag, chairman of the Royal Netherlands Football Association, called Nieuwenhuizen "a dedicated football father and volunteer" and called on the public to tackle the problem of violence in sport.

"We must do this together," he said. "Let us, in the spirit of Richard, stand up for our sport, our club, our people. We must all ensure that this never happens again."

Before the march in Almere and the match in Eindhoven got under way, Vitesse Arnhem missed a chance to go top of the league by losing at Venlo.

Midfielder Marco van Ginkel gave Vitesse the lead in the 10th minute, but VVV drew level just before halftime through substitute Yuki Otsu. After the break, Bryan Linssen gave VVV the lead and Robert Cullen sealed the win with 10 minutes to go by making it 3-1.

Coach Marco van Basten's defensive woes at Heerenveen continued as his team squandered a two-goal lead in the closing 10 minutes to draw 4-4 with Roda JC Kerkrade.

The draw was the second time in as many weeks that Heerenveen failed to beat the bottom team in the standings, following a 3-1 loss to Willem II Tilburg last week.

"It was a spectaular match which unfortunately for us had a disappointing end," Van Basten said.

On Saturday, Derk Boerrigter and Lasse Schoene scored and captain Siem de Jong missed a penalty as Ajax beat Groningen 2-0 to stay fourth.

Coach Frank de Boer said his team should have scored more, but was satisfied after a tough week in the Eredivisie and Champions League.

"It's impressive if you can still dominate like that after two tough matches against PSV and Real Madrid," he said. "But I would have liked to see more."