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Netherlands round-up: Ajax grab top spot

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 20.04CET
A 3-1 defeat of FC Groningen ensured AFC Ajax regained the lead in the Dutch First Division. features

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 20.04CET

Netherlands round-up: Ajax grab top spot

A 3-1 defeat of FC Groningen ensured AFC Ajax regained the lead in the Dutch First Division.

AFC Ajax regained the lead in the Dutch First Division on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 defeat of FC Groningen.
Smit opener
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.

Run over
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.

Kezman off
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.

Elkhattabi penalty
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.

Hard going
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.

Koning decider
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.

Zwolle point
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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Dutch First Division 2003/04

Last updated: 04/07/2011 06:00 CET



Bouma 62, Reis 56, 77

Venue: Eindhoven



Ruiz 30, 49 (p), Janko 72, Janssen 88

Granqvist 28 (p), Matavž 75

Venue: Enschende


De GraafschapDe Graafschap1-1FeyenoordFeyenoord

Bargas 20

Bruins 31 (p)

Venue: De Graafschap


HeerenveenHeerenveen0-0Den HaagDen Haag

Venue: Heerenveen



Sigthórsson 43, Jonathas 88

Overtoom 41

Venue: Alkmaar



S. De Jong 90+2

Van Wolfswinkel 6 (p), 14 (p)

Venue: Amsterdam



Gudde 38

Kah 69, Hadouir 88

Venue: Rotterdam



Amoah 30, Idabdelhay 88

Venue: Breda


VitesseVitesse0-0Willem IIWillem II

Venue: Arnhem


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