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Netherlands round-up: Advantage Feyenoord as Ajax fall

Published: Sunday 31 March 2002, 20.05CET
Feyenoord managed a 1-1 draw with RKC Waalwijk, while Eredivisie leaders AFC Ajax lost 3-1.

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Published: Sunday 31 March 2002, 20.05CET

Netherlands round-up: Advantage Feyenoord as Ajax fall

Feyenoord managed a 1-1 draw with RKC Waalwijk, while Eredivisie leaders AFC Ajax lost 3-1.

Title-chasing Feyenoord needed an 85th-minute equaliser from Pierre van Hooijdonk to salvage a point from their home clash with RKC Waalwijk this afternoon, a result that keeps them just two points behind leaders AFC Ajax, who lost 3-1 at SBV Vitesse.

Game in hand
The team from Rotterdam also have a game in hand on Ronald Koeman's team.

Top marksman
Waalwijk, who started the game in eighth position in the table, had taken the lead through Robert Fuchs three minutes into the second period, only for Dutch international and the Eredivisie's leading scorer van Hooijdonk to snatch a dramatic late equaliser.

Some homecoming
And in Arnhem, Vitesse scored three times in the final 17 minutes to ruin Ajax coach Koeman's return to the club. Koeman, who quit as coach of Vitesse four months ago to take up the post as Co Adriaanse's successor in Amsterdam, looked set to put one over his former club as Ajax led through André Bergdølmo's 32nd-minute penalty.

Seeing red
But John Van Beukering, Ruud Knol and Emile Mbamba all replied to dent the title hopes of the league leaders. Ajax's miserable afternoon was completed in injury time when Wamberto was sent off for violent conduct.

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