Alkmaar down Ajax to close gap

Pontus Wernbloom opened the scoring with 15 minutes to go before
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson sealed victory three minutes later to inflict
a first away defeat of the season on Ajax. The Amsterdam side have
now lost two consecutive matches and are just two points ahead of
AZ while trailing leaders PSV Eindhoven by six points. FC Groningen
missed out a top-three placing as they slumped to a 3-0 loss at
Heracles Almelo. Samuel Armenteros opened the scoring four minutes
before the interval, with second-half strikes from Everton and Mark
Looms earning Heracles only their fourth win of the season.
Feyenoord continue to struggle at the wrong end of the table but
secured a welcome point in a 2-2 draw at home to Heerenveen. Luc
Castaignos gave the home side an early lead, but strikes from Mika
Vayrynen and Viktor Elm turned things in Heerenveen’s favour until
a goal from substitute Jerson Cabral nine minutes from time earned
the Rotterdam club a share of the points. Ramon Zomer’s last minute
goal salvaged a point for NEC Nijmegen against mid-table rivals ADO
Den Haag. Nathaniel Will’s own goal six minutes before half-time
had put the visitors in the driving seat – but Zomer’s late
breakthrough denied them a fourth away win of the campaign. Two
goals from Marcus Pedersen helped Vitesse Arnhem brush aside
VVV-Venlo 5-1 in a one-sided contest at De Koel. Pedersen struck
twice in as many second half minutes, with Miljan Pluim, Julian
Jenner and Ismail Aissati also on the scoresheet, as Vitesse
claimed their first Eredivisie win since beating Excelsior at the
end of September. Ruud Boymans replied from the penalty spot for
VVV, but they remain second from bottom in the standings.