Ajax held by Cambuur

  • Last Updated: March 9 2014, 18:31 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie as Ajax's lead at the top was cut to six points after they drew 1-1.

Joel Veltman of Ajax and Paco Van Moorsel of Cambuur
Joel Veltman of Ajax and Paco Van Moorsel of Cambuur

Ajax's lead at the top of the Eredivisie has been cut to six points after the champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Cambuur Leeuwarden on Sunday.

The Amsterdam outfit came into the weekend with an eight-point cushion at the top but Vitesse Arnhem's win against NAC Breda on Saturday applied the pressure and Frank de Boer's men could not respond.

Siem De Jong gave the home side the lead after just two minutes but Martijn Barto levelled things up after the break to snatch a point for 12th-placed Cambuur.

FC Twente are three points behind Vitesse in third after a Jarchinio Antonia goal just after the half hour saw them beaten 1-0 by Go Ahead Eagles.

Feyenoord trail the Enschede side by a single point after a 2-0 win away at FC Groningen.

Ruben Schaken opened the scoring after 15 minutes and Stefan De Vrij completed a comfortable win four minutes after the break.

In the day's other game, the points were shared in the relegation battle between RKC and ADO Den Haag.

Roland Alberg fired ADO ahead after 17 minutes but Romeo Castelen equalised just before the interval to leave RKC two points behind their opponents in the final relegation play-off spot.

On Saturday, Vitesse Arnhem kept the pressure up on Ajax with a 2-1 win at NAC Breda.

All the goals were scored in the opening 26 minutes, with Mike Havenaar netting what would prove to be the winner after NAC defender Jordy Buijs had cancelled out Zakaria Labyad's eighth-minute opener for the hosts.

The victory is Vitesse's third on the trot.

In-form PSV Eindhoven climbed up to fourth after Jurgen Locadia's 51st-minute strike earned them a 1-0 win over FC Utrecht - their sixth successive league victory and ninth in their last 11 matches.

The Eredivisie's leading scorer was again on the mark as Alfred Finnbogason notched his 23rd of the season in Heerenveen's 3-0 home win over PEC Zwolle, the Icelandic ace wrapping up the scoring after Bilal Basacikoglu and Rajiv van La Parra had struck for the hosts.

AZ Alkmaar took advantage of the 24th-minute dismissal of Heracles defender Milano Koenders to record a 4-0 victory over the Almelo outfit.

AZ were already leading through Aron Johannsson's strike when Koenders was handed his marching orders, and the hosts made the most of their numerical advantage with further goals from Johannsson (37), Mattias Johansson (79) and Viktor Elm (90).

Saturday's other game spiced up things at the foot of the table as Roda JC ended a six-match losing streak with a 3-1 win over NEC Nijmegen, a result that sees them leap-frog their opponents and off the bottom.

A brace from Guus Hupperts, either side of a 53rd-minute Marc Hocher goal, put Roda in complete control and although NEC pulled a goal back on the hour through Michael Higdon, the visitors could not find an equaliser and ended up with 10 men following Victor Palsson's late dismissal.


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