Former Arsenal starlet Donyell Malen fires in five goals for PSV Eindhoven against Vitesse

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Donyell Malen scored all five goals as PSV Eindhoven thrashed former leaders Vitesse 5-0 to move level with Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie.

Malen’s solo show continued a magnificent month for the 20-year-old, who scored on his international debut for Holland against Germany last week.

The former Arsenal youth team player completed his hat-trick against previously-unbeaten Vitesse early in the second half before taking advantage of two late penalties to round off his memorable night.

Earlier, Nicolas Tagliafico scored twice as Ajax cruised to the top of the table with a 4-1 win over Heerenveen.

Despite Dusan Tadic’s early opener the hosts began slowly and allowed their opponents to pull level through Jens Odgaard after 22 minutes.

Odgaard had a second ruled out after a VAR review and Tagliafico responded by heading Ajax back in front on the stroke of half-time.

The reigning champions extended their lead seven minutes into the second half through Perr Schuurs, and Tagliafico completed the scoring just before the hour mark with an acrobatic finish.

AZ hit back from the shock of conceding a second-minute opener to sweep past Sparta Rotterdam 5-1.

Abdou Harroui wasted no time putting the visitors in front but Myron Boadu hauled the home side level within two minutes.

Boadu added his second just past the half-hour mark and Oussama Idrissi made it four on the stroke of half-time, before a late Teun Koopmeiners penalty completed the scoring.

Goals from John Yeboah and Evert Linthorst gave VVV a 2-1 win over Groningen, who replied through Ajdin Hrustic, while Utrecht eased to a 3-1 victory over struggling Emmen.

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