Ajax close on Twente
Ajax moved to within three points of leaders Twente with a 5-1 defeat of nine-man Feyenoord. Demy de Zeeuw scored a goal in each half while Feyenoord's Stefan Babovic and goalkeeper Rob van Dijk saw red to complete a miserable day for the visitors.
Heracles also enjoyed a home victory, coming from a goal down to beat Utrecht 3-1. Michael Silberbauer gave the visitors the lead after 14 minutes, but Willy Overtoom and Everton ensured Heracles went into half-time in front.
Darl Douglas then effectively settled the contest with a goal only two minutes into the second period.
RKC Waalwijk remain rooted to the bottom of the table after losing 1-0 at home to Willem II. Christophe Gregoire grabbed the only goal in the 63rd minute before the home side had Benjamin de Ceulaer sent off 13 minutes from time.
In the day's other game, Sparta Rotterdam beat NEC 2-0 at home thanks to a goal in each half from Erik Falkenburg.