Schone stars for leaders Ajax
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie.
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Lasse Schone scored a hat-trick to fire Eredivisie leaders Ajax to a 3-0 win at home to Heerenveen on Sunday.
Schone opened the scoring with a 12th-minute penalty and made it two just six minutes later.
The Dane completed his treble eight minutes from time to moved the Amsterdammers four points clear of second-placed FC Twente.
Third-placed Feyenoord's hopes of overhauling Ajax suffered a setback as they were held 1-1 at 10-man NAC Breda.
Darryl Janmaat put the visitors ahead after 25 minutes, but Rydell Poepon levelled from the spot 12 minutes later.
NAC lost Stipe Perica to a red card in the 84th minute, only three minutes after coming on as a substitute, but they held on.
Martijn Barto scored either side of half-time to help Cambuur Leeuwarden beat PEC Zwolle 3-1.
Marcel Ritzmaier put Cambuur 1-0 up before Barto's brace gave them breathing space.
Steve Fernandes Pereira pulled one back 12 minutes from time, but it was no more than a consolation.
FC Groningen beat Go Ahead Eagles's 1-0 thanks to Tjaronn Chery's third-minute goal.
On Saturday, FC Twente kept the heat up on leaders Ajax with a 2-0 home win over 10-man Vitesse Arnhem.
Leading scorer Luc Castaignos put Twente ahead in the 55th minute and then, after Vitesse had lost Patrick van Aanholt to a red card on the hour mark, the hosts wrapped up the win through Dusan Tadic's strike 12 minutes from time.
The result sees Twente move to within a point of Ajax, who play sixth-placed Heerenveen on Sunday.
For fourth-placed Vitesse, the defeat means they have now gone five matches without a win.
Elsewhere, AZ Alkmaar remain in seventh spot after only being able to draw 1-1 at home with FC Utrecht, Aron Johannsson's 21st-minute opener for the hosts being cancelled out by Jens Toornstra's leveller 10 minutes into the second half.
At the other end of the table, ADO Den Haag climbed off the bottom as a 53rd-minute Mitchell Schet strike saw them claim a 1-0 win at Roda JC, who now prop up the standings.
NEC Nijmegen are also out of the bottom two after beating RKC Waalwijk 3-1 away from home.
RKC took a sixth-minute lead through Romeo Castelen but NEC were ahead by the break thanks to goals from Navarone Foor (25) and Lasse Nielsen (39) before Michael Higdon (72) wrapped up the win in the second half.
On Friday night, PSV Eindhoven climbed into fifth after a 2-1 win over Heracles Almelo .
PSV took the lead through Memphis Depay in the fifth minute, but Heracles hit back through Bryan Linssen three minutes before the break.
On-loan Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz hit the winner for PSV in the 63rd minute.