Ajax lose ground, Heerenveen win

Ajax raced into a two-goal lead thanks to efforts from Miralem

Sulejmani and Siem de Jong with 34 minutes played. Roda pulled one

back before half-time through Mads Junker, with Anouar Hadouir

levelling matters late on. Groningen missed the chance to leapfrog

Ajax in the standings after being held to a 1-1 draw at De

Graafschap. Danny Holla gave the visitors a first-half lead, but

Rydell Poepon found the back of the net six minutes after

half-time. Heerenveen have closed to within a point of Utrecht

following a 2-0 away success at NAC Breda. Goals from Luciano

Narsingh and Oussama Assaidi ensured the visitors secured the

points. Excelsior remain 16th in the standings after going down 2-0

at NEC. The home side climbed one place into 10th courtesy of

second half efforts from Niki Zimling.