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.