Europe

Best Of The Rest Top Five: Two 10s in the Eredivisie

Cyriel Dessers and Lisandro Martinez were in scintillating form in the Netherlands.

 
2:45pm on Thursday 14th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Cyriel Dessers
S (C) - Heracles - 24 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Nov 9, 2019

Dessers was, at times, unplayable for Heracles as they demolished Venlo 6-1 at the weekend. He scored a hat-trick and provided two assists, meaning he played a vital part in every goal scored for his team but one. His work inside the box aided his goals, as he was a powerhouse when holding off the attention of his defenders, which is how he scored his last goal after flashing a strike home. His first was a tap-in from close-range, while his second was a cheeky dance around the goalkeeper before slotting home. Venlo simply couldn't deal with his bustling presence.

Lisandro Martínez
D, DM (C) - Ajax - 21 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Nov 10, 2019

Martinez provided the icing on the cake for Ajax in their 4-0 win over Utrecht, scoring the fourth goal with a towering header in injury time. However, most of his best work came before getting on the scoresheet, as he was stellar in the centre of the pitch. Apart from team-mate Daley Blind, he had more touches than anyone in the Eredivisie in this round of games, and also completed 97/106 attempted passes. Defensively he was great, too, winning 11/15 duels, and the majority of his tackles, as well as making six ball recoveries and four interceptions.

Erling Haaland
ST (C) - RB Salzburg - 19 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.9
Nov 10, 2019

Haaland is probably the hottest property in Europe at the moment, as he continued his ridiculous scoring streak at the weekend as RB Salzburg beat Wolfsberger 3-0, with him scoring all three. Every single one summed up his acumen to hunt down crosses into the box, as they were all scored from the combined distance of about four yards. The first, however, displayed his technique too as he casually flicked home a flashed pass in from the left of the box.

Donny van de Beek
M, AM (C) - Ajax - 22 yrs
90'
9.8
Nov 10, 2019

While Martinez might make the headlines with his 'perfect 10' rating, Van de Beek was in supreme form for Ajax in the aforementioned victory over Utrecht, scoring two with a pair of fantastic finishes. The first sees him peel away to the back post to fire a bouncing volley past the keeper, while the second is even better - a beautiful, curled effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. He completed 65/73 attempted passes, and won 4/7 duels.

Evander
M, AM (C) - Midtjylland - 21 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.5
Nov 10, 2019

In a top-of-the-table clash between Midtjylland and Copenhagen, Evander was the star of the show as the latter won 4-1 to extend their lead at the summit of the Danish Superliga. The Brazilian scored the second goal of the game with a diving header from close range, but it was his set-piece delivery which really harmed the opposition, as he assisted the next two goals with a free-kick and then a corner-kick for a team-mate to head home.

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