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Ajax cross the finish line

Published: Sunday 9 May 2004, 19.02CET
AFC Ajax reclaimed the Dutch Eredivisie title from PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.

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Published: Sunday 9 May 2004, 19.02CET

Ajax cross the finish line

AFC Ajax reclaimed the Dutch Eredivisie title from PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.

AFC Ajax clinched the Dutch Eredivisie title on Sunday, defeating NAC Breda 2-0 at home to leave last season's champions PSV Eindhoven six points adrift with only one match to go.

Complete focus
Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic settled the match before half-time, scoring goals which were unanswered after the break as Ajax marched to their 29th Dutch title.

PSV second
PSV, meanwhile, sealed second position, which puts them in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, courtesy of a 3-2 win at ADO Den Haag. South Korean Park Ji-sung opened the scoring on the half hour, but then watched Mateja Kezman fail to double the advantage from the spot.

Kezman amends
The Serbo-Montenegrin international made up for his miss early in the second half with his 28th goal of the season but efforts from Romeo Castelen and Roy Stroeve levelled matters. Dutch international Wilfred Bouma added a third with nine minutes remaining.

European places
Third-placed Feyenoord go into the UEFA Cup after an impressive 4-1 win at RBC Roosendaal. Dirk Kuijt and Thomas Buffel were both on target before the break while Patrick Paauwe and Ebi Smolarek added further strikes after the interval. They will be joined in the competition by SC Heerenveen and AZ Alkmaar, who are still tussling for fourth and fifth. The former came out 1-0 winners when the pair squared up at the Abe Lenstra on Sunday thanks to an 81st-minute goal from Gerald Sibon.

Relegation battle
At the wrong end of the table, final positions will be decided next Sunday with the bottom team relegated directly and the last two going into the play-offs with six second division sides. As it stands, FC Zwolle are third bottom on 26 points after a goalless draw against guests Willem II while SBV Vitesse are in penultimate place on 25 following a 2-0 defeat at Roda JC.

Spoils shared
FC Volendam prop up the table on 24 points despite grabbing a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at NEC Nijmegen. Elsewhere, FC Utrecht comfortably dispatched FC Groningen 2-0 at home while RKC Waalwijk and visitors FC Twente cancelled each other out 3-3.

Last updated: 10/05/04 9.40CET

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