Ajax clear at the summit

A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie as Ajax moved three points clear at the top of the table.

Last Updated: 31/03/13 at 19:17 Post Comment

Viktor Fischer was on target for Ajax

Viktor Fischer was on target for Ajax

Ajax moved three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie table with a 4-1 win over NEC Nijmegen at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday.

Viktor Fischer scored in each half to pave the way for a win that increased the gap on PSV Eindhoven after they could only draw 2-2 at relegation-threatened Roda JC.

Fischer opened the scoring on 21 minutes before a Rens Van Eijden own goal gave Ajax full control. Fischer's second on 77 minutes was quickly nullified by a Nick Van der Velden goal but substitute Ryan Babel scored nine minutes from the end to ensure a wide-margin win.

Ajax's success was made even more important when PSV conceded an 87th-minute Sanharib Malki equaliser.

Roda led through Frank Demouge on 14 minutes but PSV fired ahead before half-time thanks to an Ola Toivonen double. But Roda, who remain inside the relegation play-off places, snatched a point through Malki.

PSV's slip allowed Vitesse Arnhem to draw level in second place as they extended their winning run to six games with a 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle.

Wilfried Bony and Mike Havenaar fired them 2-0 by the break with Zwolle's sole reply coming via Arsenio Valpoort with 12 minutes left.

RKC Waalwijk thumped ADO Den Haag 4-0 to edge away from the relegation places.

Mart Lieder got the ball rolling on 10 minutes before a Vito Wormgoor own goal and Robert Braber's goal just before half-time all but settled the match. Henrico Drost completed the rout on 88 minutes.

AZ Alkmaar grabbed a much-needed win 2-1 at Heracles Almelo despite playing with 10 men for almost an hour.

Markus Henriksen's 22nd-minute opener was followed by a Mike te Wierik own goal two minutes later to give AZ a 2-0 lead.

Thomas Lam saw red on the hour but Heracles were only able to pull a single goal back when Te Wierik made up for his earlier blunder with a 43rd-minute goal.

On Saturday, Feyenoord went down 2-0 at Heerenveen.

Alfred Finnbogason gave Heerenveen an 85th-minute lead before Yassine El Ghanassy ensured there was no way back for Feyenoord a minute from time.

Wout Brama's 83rd-minute strike rescued a 1-1 draw for FC Twente against NAC, who took the lead just after half-time through Kenny van der Weg.

Bottom club Willem II let a one-goal lead slip as their hopes of beating the drop took another blow with a 2-1 defeat at home to FC Groningen.

The hosts looked set for a rare win following Rob Haemhouts' strike in the 27th minute but a penalty after 66 minutes from Leandro Bacuna levelled matters before David Texeira sealed victory for Groningen shortly afterwards.

Two goals in 16 minutes set FC Utrecht on the way to a 2-1 victory over VVV.

Edouard Duplan opened the scoring in the fifth minute before Leon de Kogel doubled the hosts' lead, with Brian Linssen's effort before half-time proving mere consolation.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Andrea Pirlo: Pogba not going back to Manchester United

Andrea Pirlo says that Manchester United must 'live with their mistake' of allowing Paul Pogba to leave because he is never coming back.

Gary Lineker could host BT Sport's Champions League coverage

Gary Lineker has held talks with BT Sport about presenting their Champions League coverage next season.

Contract news: Robin van Persie unsure if he will be offered new Manchester United deal

Robin van Persie says he has no idea if he will be offered a new contract at Manchester United.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company