Ajax move back to the top

  • Last Updated: January 19 2014, 18:24 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Ajax celebrate Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's winner against PSV
Ajax celebrate Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's winner against PSV

Ajax responded to Vitesse Arnhem's Saturday win by beating PSV Eindhoven to return to the top of the Eredivisie.

The Amsterdam side saw their title rivals win 2-1 at PEC Zwolle to move three points clear, but responded by getting the better of PSV 1-0, with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scoring the only goal (64).

The Icelandic striker's seventh of the season could prove to be one of the most vital, for it put his side back top on goal difference.

Feyenoord are four points behind them after a thumping 5-2 win at FC Utrecht.

It was a thrilling affair at the Stadion Galgenwaard, with four goals coming inside the opening quarter.

Utrecht's Jens Toornstra scored two of them, one either side of strikes from Ruben Schaken and Graziano Pelle, which had given Feyenoord the lead.

The Rotterdam club would go ahead and stay there after that, though, with Stefan De Vrij, Schaken again and Tonny Trindade de Vilhena making sure of the points.

At the bottom of the table, NEC Nijmegen leapfrogged ADO Den Haag to send them bottom with a 3-1 win.

They led through Kevin Conboy but were immediately pulled back by Danny Holla's penalty.

The first-half action did not stop there, though, as Marnick Vermijl made it 2-1 with NEC, with Rens Van Eijden then wrapping things up midway through the second half.

The day's other game saw Cambuur Leeuwarden beat the Go Ahead Eagles 2-0.

Marcel Ritzmaier scored the game's opener in the 18th minute, with Martijn Barto making sure of the points (65).

On Saturday, Patrick Van Aanholt struck a last-gasp winner as Vitesse temporarily moved three points clear at the summit with a 2-1 triumph at PEC Zwolle.

Christian Atsu had opened the scoring after three minutes only for Guyon Fernandez to get the hosts back on level terms 10 minutes later.

But, just when the game looked to be heading for a draw, Van Aanholt popped up to nick all three points and lift Vitesse clear of FC Twente and Ajax, the latter play on Sunday.

Elsewhere, struggling Roda JC twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at Heerenveen.

The home team went ahead through Hakim Ziyech in the 12th minute and an Alfred Finnbogason penalty in the 66th, but were pegged back on each occasion. Krisztian Nemeth grabbed the visitors' first equaliser on the half-hour mark, with Guus Hupperts ensuring the spoils were shared by bagging a second leveller with 19 minutes on the clock.

AZ Alkmaar claimed a comfortable 3-0 home success against NAC Breda.

First-half goals from Steven Berghuis and Aron Johannsson set Gertjan Verbeek's side on their way, with Berguis' second goal in the 69th minute sealing matters.

Finally, Evander Sno's penalty eight minutes from time earned RKC Waalwijk a 1-1 draw against 10-man FC Groningen, cancelling out Michael De Leeuw's first-half opener. The visitors' cause was not helped by the dismissal of Hans Hateboe midway through the second period.

FC Twente secured a 3-1 win over Heracles on Friday.

Quincy Promes' sixth goal in as many games got the home side going in the 23rd minute but they had to wait for the 54th for their second, with promising striker Luc Castaignos taking his tally for the season to 10.

Heracles' task was made harder by Jeroen Veldmate seeing red (56) but it did not appear to affect them too much as Mark Uth made it 2-1 with 14 minutes left.

There was no fairytale comeback, though, as Dusan Tadic wrapped up the win from the spot with two minutes left.


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