Ajax back on track
A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie as Ajax returned to winning ways following back-to-back draws.
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Title-chasing Ajax returned to winning ways following back-to-back draws with a convincing 3-0 home victory over fifth-placed FC Twente on Sunday.
Stefano Denswil's 29th-minute strike separated the teams at the break and second-half goals from Lasse Schone (58) and Bojan Krkic (65) ensured Ajax would be celebrating an 18th win of the campaign, moving them a step closer to the title.
The result leaves the defending champions eight points clear at Feyenoord at the summit, with the Rotterdam club moving into the top two with a 5-0 thrashing of struggling Go Ahead Eagles.
Lex Immers' 13th-minute goal set Feyenoord on their way, and second-half efforts from Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (49), Jean-Paul Boetius (64), Mitchell Te Vrede (77) and Miguel Nelom (89) secured their biggest victory of the season.
In the fight to avoid the drop, RKC Waalwijk claimed a potentially invaluable win as they defeated last-placed Roda JC 1-0 away from home thanks to Romeo Castelen's 22nd-minute goal.
RKC are now five points clear of Roda and one point behind 15th-placed Go Ahead Eagles and safety
Also on Sunday, Cambuur Leeuwarden played out a goalless draw with AZ, while ADO Den Haag and PEC Zwolle shared a 1-1 draw. Maikel Van der Werff put visiting Zwolle ahead in the 20th minute but Roland Alberg levelled just before half-time for ADO.
Second-placed PSV Eindhoven dropped points at home as they were beaten 3-2 by Groningen on Saturday.
Memphis Depay put PSV ahead in the third minute but the visitors levelled through Richairo Zivkovic before Filip Kostic put them in front in the 20th.
Jurgen Locadia's penalty drew the home side level before the break but they were unable to find an answer to Tjaronn Chery's 67th-minute winner.
Elsewhere, second-half goals from Australia international Jason Davidson and Matthew Amoah saw Heracles come from behind to beat NEC 2-1 after Michael Higdon had put the hosts in front.
Vitesse drew 2-2 against Heerenveen, with Mike Havenaar (31) and Bertrand Traore (67) on target for the home side, while Alfred Finnbogason (39) and Bilal Basacikoglu (58) scored for Heerenveen.
On Friday night, FC Utrecht twice came from behind to snatch a late 2-2 draw at NAC Breda .
NAC led after 58 minutes through a Danny Verbeek goal, only for Dave Bulthuis to equalise four minutes from time.
The hosts must then have thought they had won it two minutes later when Rydell Poepon struck, but Cedric Van der Gun's reply in stoppage time earned a welcome draw for Utrecht.