AFC Ajax dispatched second-bottom FC Zwolle 5-0 in the Eredivisie on Sunday but remain one point away from clinching the title as second-placed PSV Eindhoven overcame the bottom club, FC Volendam, by the same score.
Celebrations on hold
Ajax, on 74 points, are six ahead of PSV with two matches remaining. Ronald Koeman's side can wrap up the title with a win or a draw at home to NAC Breda next weekend but for the moment, the celebrations must remain on hold.
Against Zwolle, Tomás Galásek opened the scoring nine minutes before the break and Belgian international Wesley Sonck, who replaced the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, doubled the lead early in the second half. The same player collected his second in the 77th minute and Wesley Sneijder made it four from distance soon after. Sonck wrapped up Ajax's first win in four games with his third goal after 82 minutes.
PSV were equally convincing against Volendam, Andre Ooijer marking his comeback after a long injury lay-off with the opening goal in the 12th minute. Mateja Kezman then had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Jeroen Verhoeven, but made up for it by scoring twice to take his tally for the season to 27. John de Jong also claimed a double.
FC Groningen substitute Martin Drenth struck twice in the dying minutes to end third-placed Feyenoord's hopes of stealing second place and gaining automatic qualification to the UEFA Champions League. Drenth's goals gave Groningen a 2-1 victory after Dirk Kuijt had put hosts Feyenoord ahead early in the second half.
Fourth-placed AZ Alkmaar let slip a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at home to NAC Breda. Martijn Meerdink and Danny Landzaat had put Alkmaar ahead but the visitors pulled level through Ali Boussaboun and Anouar Diba.
Peter Hofstede scored early in the second half to give ADO Den Haag a 1-0 win over SC Heerenveen which moved them six points clear of the relegation zone. The defeat was a blow for Heerenveen who are hoping to secure a UEFA Cup berth. They remain in fifth place on 55 points.
Elsewhere, Roda JC are six points behind in sixth place after a 2-1 win at FC Twente. Belgian Tom Caluwe scored two goals as Willem II overcame neighbours RBC Roosendaal 3-0 in front of their own fans while RKC Waalwijk edged out visitors FC Utrecht 1-0 and third-bottom SBV Vitesse were held 2–2 at home by NEC Nijmegen.
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