Title in sight for Ajax, AZ fall back
Ajax have moved closer to clinching the Eredivisie title after a 2-1 defeat of FC Twente on Saturday.
Gregory van der Wiel's winner 12 minutes from time pushed the Amsterdammers an imposing six points clear at the top of the table with just two games remaining. Ajax also have a 24-goal advantage over closest rivals Feyenoord, so not even two defeats should deny them the trophy.
Theo Janssen's penalty put Ajax ahead in the 30th minute only for Leroy Fer to level after the break. Van der Wiel then intervened to end Twente's own slim title hopes.
Otman Bakkal scored the only goal to keep Feyenoord's faint hopes alive and knock opponents AZ Alkmaar out of the race for the championship. Bakkal struck early in the second half as AZ slipped nine points behind leaders Ajax and will now focus on ensuring a top-three finish and European football next season.
PSV keep hope alive
PSV Eindhoven maintained their hopes of a top-three finish with a 3-1 victory at ten-man Roda JC. Goals from Dries Mertens, Marcelo and Memphis Depay secured the points for the visitors, who also missed a penalty through Jeremain Lens in an incident which saw Roda goalkeeper Pawel Kieszek sent off.
The result enabled PSV to record their fourth successive win as they mount a late bid for an automatic European spot. Sanharib Malki scored the only reply for Roda, whose challenge for a UEFA Europa League play-off place was ended with the defeat.