FC Twente close in on Dutch title

Steve McClaren’s troops had to wait until the 70th minute to break

the deadlock against their well-organised opponents, Cheik Tiote

taking the acclaim with his first goal for the club. Luuk de Jong

made sure of the points with the second at the death as Twente

extended their advantage to seven points with three games

remaining. The gap will return to four points should second-placed

Ajax defeat VVV Venlo tomorrow. NAC Breda are up to eighth place

after Donny Gorter’s 16th-minute penalty secured a 1-0 win at home

to Roda JC, while Sparta Rotterdam moved two points clear of the

relegation play-off zone with a 1-1 draw at home to Heracles

Almelo. Heracles opened the scoring through Bas Dost after 47

minutes but Edouard Duplan made sure it finished honours even when

he levelled five minutes later. The night’s other game saw

fifth-placed AZ Alkmaar held to a goalless stalemate at NEC

Nijmegen. Last night’s sole Eredivisie fixture saw rock-bottom RKC

Waalwijk run out surprise 4-1 winners over Vitesse Arnhem.