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PSV were the big winners on Super Wednesday. Dzsudzsák and Bakkal scored one goal apiece either side of the half-time break to earn PSV a vital 2-0 win in a top-of-the-table clash with Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA, while Feyenoord and AZ shared honours after a 2-2 draw at the Rotterdam Kuip. Defending champions PSV have now extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to eight points.
PSV worked hard and showed maturity, putting on a technically efficient performance in Amsterdam. Sef Vergoossen has created a winning team spirit and since he took over as head coach, PSV have shown determination to win games. They are eight points clear at the top of the Eredivisie table, following morale boosting away victories against nearest rivals Feyenoord and Ajax in the space of three weeks. They will be next in action on Saturday, when they lock horns with AZ at the DSB Stadium in Alkmaar, while either Ajax or Feyenoord are bound to drop points when they meet in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon.

Méndez and Bakkal returned to the starting line up to replace Afellay, who served a one-match ban and Culina, who was dropped to the bench in a match rearranged from its original date on 16 December due to a strike by Dutch police. Suarez had the first chance, but curled his effort wide, while the first half was evenly contested. PSV had two great opportunities to open the scoring. First Farfán had an effort wrongly ruled offside and Kromkamp was thwarted by Ajax goalkeeper Stekelenburg. Lazovic was controversially booked for a foul on the Ajax goalkeeper, who went easily down although there was hardly any contact. PSV broke the deadlock at a convenient moment: five minutes before the half-time interval. Lazovic found Farfán with a clever backheel pass; the Peruvian forward turned provider for Dzsudzsák who unleashed a powerful shot into the back of Stekelenburg's net from 20 yards, with the Hungarian scoring his third goal in five appearances for PSV.

Lazovic was forced to be substituted by PSV coach Sef Vergoossen after receiving an injury to his knee ten minutes into the second half and Koevermans, PSV's top scorer, left the bench to replace him. PSV survived two scares as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar headed straight at Gomes and the PSV stopper kept his side in the game when he denied Suarez in a one-on-one. PSV doubled their advantage after 73 minutes when Farfán delivered a fine cross. Koevermans controlled the ball before cleverly setting up Bakkal, who blasted home from the edge of the area; 0-2.
PSV kept their composure and comfortably defended their two-goal lead, with the clock ticking away. Edgar Davids should have been red carded in the closing stages but his atrocious foul on Farfán went unnoticed by referee Wegereef. Davis was sent off in the final minute of added time all the same for a vicious two-footed lunge on Méndez. But all is well that ends well and PSV left the ArenA having bagged all three points.