Seven-up Ajax wipe floor with Venlo

FC Twente may be chasing the Eredivisie title but they are going to

have to work hard to lift the trophy as Ajax remain hot on their

heels. Luis Suarez and Marko Pantelic both netted hat-tricks as the

Amsterdam outfit inflicted more misery on VVV Venlo with a 7-0

victory. Uruguayan forward Suarez did the early damage with two

goals inside the opening nine minutes, including a penalty, before

Pantelic made it 3-0 after just 12 minutes. Urby Emanuelson then

got in on the act for Ajax’s fourth and Suarez completed his treble

before half-time. Pantelic struck twice more in the second half (75

and 80) to seal an 11th straight win for Ajax and lift them to

within four points of Twente. PSV Eindhoven slipped three points

behind Ajax after being held to a goalless draw by fourth-placed

Feyenoord. Feyenoord have improved considerably in recent weeks and

the stalemate at Philips Stadion stretched their unbeaten run to

nine games, although they are too far back to overhaul PSV.

Struggling ADO Den Haag notched their first win in eight attempts

by beating FC Utrecht 2-0 away from home. Danny Buijs broke the

deadlock after 17 minutes and Wesley Verhoek made the result safe

just before half-time. Mid-table Groningen returned to form after a

couple of losses by hammering Willem II 4-0. Thomas Enevoldsen

opened the scoring inside 60 seconds and Nicklas Pedersen doubled

Groningen’s advantage midway through the first half. Tim Matavz and

Leandro Bacuna also got on the scoresheet as Willem went down to a

fourth consecutive defeat.