Dutch Eredivisie Roundup, Apr. 13

FC Twente suffered a setback in their quest for a first Eredivisie

title since 1926 as they lost 1-0 to reigning champions AZ Alkmaar.

An own goal by Peter Wisgerhof in the eighth minute proved

the difference between the sides and extended AZ’s unbeaten run to

12 games.

The result means Ajax could close to within one point of

Twente if they beat Willem II on Wednesday night.

AZ moved up into an automatic Europa League qualification

slot, although Feyenoord can go back above them if they beat

Rotterdam rivals Sparta.

RKC Waalwijk’s relegation was confirmed after a 4-1 defeat at

Heracles Almelo.

Antoine van der Linden put the hosts ahead after 15 minutes

and Everton doubled their advantage three minutes after the

interval.

Fouad Idabdelhay gave RKC a glimmer of hope by halving the

deficit just before the hour but that was soon snuffed out when Bas

Dost restored Heracles’ two-goal cushion six minutes later and then

Everton completed the rout with his second goal of the evening 13

minutes from time.

Ruud Brood’s side headed to Almelo bottom of the standings

and eight points behind 17th-placed Willem II, needing to win all

three of their remaining games to have any chance of catching the

Tilburg team and securing a relegation play-off place.

NAC Breda remain just outside the Europa League play-off

places after a 1-1 draw against Vitesse in Arnhem.

Edwin de Graaf rescued a point for NAC with a minute to go

after Santi Kolk had put the hosts ahead on the half-hour.