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.