Ajax clean up against AZ
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie as Ajax stretched their lead to six points at the top.
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Ajax stretched their lead to six points at the top of the Eredivisie as they thrashed AZ Alkmaar while closest challengers FC Twente needed a stoppage-time equaliser to take a point at home to Feyenoord.
Ajax enjoyed a routine win in Amsterdam, with Siem De Jong getting the opener after just four minutes before a second-half brace from Lerin Duarte - either side of Ricardo Kishna's goal - made it look easy.
With Twente and Feyenoord starting the day second and third in the table respectively, Ajax knew they would distance at least one of their rivals but it ended up being both as Twente came from 2-0 down to claim a draw.
Feyenoord had gone ahead through Graziano Pelle in the 14th minute with Jean-Paul Boetius adding a second 10 minutes into the second half.
But after Luc Castaignos got one back in the 68th minute, substitute Cuc Martina snatched a point at the death.
The draw allowed Vitesse Arnhem to move into third place, one point above Feyenoord, with a 3-1 win over struggling RKC Waalwijk.
The visitors took a shock lead through Kenny Anderson in the 14th minute and it took until the second half for Vitesse to restore order.
But Mike Havenaar's 50th-minute equaliser was swiftly followed by Valeri Qazaishvili's goal and Christian Atsu made sure in the 68th minute.
Substitute Johan Martensson scored the only goal in the 88th minute as FC Utrecht edged out FC Groningen 1-0.
PSV Eindhoven struck twice in the second half to claim a 2-0 win at struggling NEC Nijmegen.
Bryan Ruiz broke the deadlock in the 58th minute and Memphis Depay made the points safe eight minutes from time.
Cambuur Leeuwarden deepened basement boys Roda JC's relegation worries with a 1-0 win, Paco van Moorsel with the goal in the last minute after Roda had had Kees Luyckx (87) and Guy Ramos (89) sent off.
PEC Zwolle also scored in the 90th minute as Furdjel Narsingh's equaliser earned a 1-1 draw at home to Heracles Almelo.
Jeroen Veldmate had put the visitors in front five minutes before the break.
Elsewhere, Heerenveen were held to a 0-0 draw at home to NAC Breda.
ADO Den Haag boosted their survival hopes with a 3-2 win at home to Go Ahead Eagles on Friday night.
Mike van Duinen put the hosts ahead after five minutes and Danny Bakker added a second just 12 minutes in.
Gianni Zuiverloon's own goal in the 23rd minute gave the visitors hope, but Roland Alberg restored the two-goal cushion seven minutes into the second half.
Substitute Marnix Kolder pulled another one back in the 73rd minute, one minute after coming on, but ADO held out.
The win moved ADO one point clear of the bottom three and to within a point of their opponents.