Ajax win keeps heat on Twente

FC Twente’s win on Saturday saw them maintain their position as the
team to catch, but Ajax rose to the challenge against lowly
Excelsior to move within a point of the leaders. Lorenzo Ebecilio
saw his opening goal for the Amsterdam club cancelled out by Daan
Bovenberg early in the second half. But Christian Eriksen restored
the lead before Ebecilio struck again and Siem De Jong rounded off
the scoring in stoppage time. PSV’s title hopes took a huge knock
with a 3-1 loss at Feyenoord. The visitors found themselves
trailing to a Georginio Wijnaldum goal and things took another turn
for the worse when Orlando Engelaar was sent off after the interval
for a dangerous tackle. Ola Toivonen pulled PSV level soon after,
but further goals from Wijnaldum and Luc Castaignos gave Feyenoord
the win and left their opponents three points off the summit with
two matches remaining. FC Groningen were late 3-1 winners over NEC
Nijmegen to ensure their place in the Europa League play-offs. The
home side saw Thomas Enevoldsen’s opener cancelled out by Niki
Zimling, but goals in the last seven minutes from Dusan Tadic and
Tim Matavz won it for Groningen. Groningen hold a nine-point lead
over eighth-placed FC Utrecht, who ended a run of four successive
defeats with a 4-2 victory over Vitesse Arnhem. The home side took
a two-goal lead through Michihiro Yasuda and Dries Mertens before
Guram Kashia replied for Vitesse. However, further strikes from
Kevin Strootman and Frank Demouge put the result beyond doubt with
Adnane Tighadouini netting a late consolation.