AFC Ajax regained the lead in the Dutch First Division on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 defeat of FC Groningen.
The Ajax players awoke on Sunday to discover that their club bus had been destroyed by fire, but did not let that distract them from a valuable victory away from home.
The hosts had been stunned when Arvid Smit opened the scoring after 20 minutes - but their lead lasted only six minutes as Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised for the Amsterdam side. Nine minutes from time Wesley Sonck gave Ajax the lead before Romanian youngster Nicolae Mitea sealed Groningen's first home defeat since 3 November last year.
Second-placed PSV played on Saturday, when Wilfred Bouma struck in the second minute of their 4-0 defeat of ADO Den Haag, a victory which was achieved despite being reduced to ten men after top scorer Mateja Kezman was sent off for elbowing Jeffrey van As. John de Jong doubled PSV's lead in the 54th minute before Dennis Rommedahl and Arjen Robben completed the scoring.
AZ Alkmaar full-back Peter Wijker scored in the first minute in a 2-0 defeat of NEC Nijmegen. The hosts’ fifth triumph of the season was secured in added time, striker Ali Elkhattabi converting a penalty. SC Heerenveen, meanwhile, jumped above RKC Waalwijk into fourth spot thanks to Richard Knopper's winner in the final minute of the first half.
Feyenoord, in fifth, struggled against RBC Roosendaal despite winning 2-0 and going ahead through an early goal from Robin van Persie. They did not make absolutely sure of the points until stoppage time through substitute Anthony Lurling.
FC Utrecht sealed their second win of the campaign by defeating NAC Breda 2-1. Both UEFA Cup contenders started strongly before Johan Elmander opened the scoring for NAC just before half-time. Donny de Groot equalised with eleven minutes remaining, then an own goal from Marcel Koning settled the points.
At the bottom of the standings, last-placed FC Zwolle grabbed their second point with a 2-2 draw at FC Volendam. Jack Tuyp gave his team the lead but Jasar Takak and Gorgi Hristov scored for Zwolle in the run-up to the interval. Karim Bridji salvaged a point for the home team in the 72nd minute. On Friday, FC Twente beat SBV Vitesse 5-3 with Collins John twice on target after Arnhem's Purrel Frankel had scored an own goal early on.
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Bruins 31 (p)
|Venue: De Graafschap|
S. De Jong 90+2
Van Wolfswinkel 6 (p), 14 (p)