Ajax close in on Eredivisie leaders

Luis Suarez scored the opening goal – his 45th of the season – from

the penalty spot in the fourth minute, and Marko Pantelic added the

second just before the hour. The result, their 12 straight win, saw

Martin Jol’s side advance to 79 points – one behind Steve

McClaren’s Twente, who lost 1-0 last night at AZ Alkmaar – with two

games of the campaign remaining. A brave VVV-Venlo fightback proved

in vain as Roda JC killed off the Eredivisie strugglers in the

second half. Roda seemed to be cruising to an easy victory when

they went two up through up Willem Janssen and Jan-Paul Saeijs

inside 21 minutes, but Alex Nkume and Gonzalo ensured scores were

level at 2-2 at the break. But VVV offered little in the second

half and Roda took advantage with goals from Mads Junker and Morten

Skoubo sealing the points in a 4-2 win.