posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 12:35 PM
Ajax maintained their challenge for the Eredivisie title on Sunday with a 2-0 win at FC Utrecht.
The Amsterdammers are now just three points behind second-placed AZ Alkmaar, who could only manage a 1-1 home draw with NEC Nijmegen on Friday, and
six adrift of PSV Eindhoven following a 4-0 win for Guus Hiddink's side against NAC Breda on Saturday. Wesley Sneijder gave Ajax the lead in the 66th
minute and Ryan Babel sealed the win in the closing seconds.
Feyenoord slipped further off the pace as two late goals from Igor Gluscevic gave Vitesse Arnhem a 2-1 win in Rotterdam. Feyenoord went ahead through
Dirk Kuijt four minutes after the break, but substitute Gluscevic struck in the 81st and 83rd minutes to condemn Ruud Gullit's men to their fifth
defeat of the season.
RBC Roosendaal remain rooted to the foot of the table following a 1-0 home defeat by RKC Waalwijk - Rick Hoogendorp scoring the only goal 17 minutes
Fellow strugglers ADO Den Haag were also beaten as goals from Antoine van der Linden, Erik Nevland and Sander van Gessel gave FC Groningen an
impressive 3-0 triumph.
PSV had marched back to the top in convincing fashion with a 4-0 win against NAC Breda at the Philipsstadion. Two games without a win before Christmas
had seen PSV overtaken by AZ Alkmaar, but a first-half brace from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink put the Eindhoven side in control before a Rob Penders
own goal and Mark van Bommel's free-kick rounded things off. AZ had been held 1-1 by NEC Nijmegen on Friday.
Twente Enschede made an excellent start to 2005 with a convincing 3-0 win at the expense of home side Willem II. Two goals from Blaise N'Kufo and one
from Jason Culina ensured a convincing victory for Rini Coolen's visitors who are still in the wrong half of the table but are now just a point behind
10th-placed Willem II.
Heerenveen resumed their Eredivisie campaign with three points against strugglers Den Bosch helping them retain their top-five status. Gert Jan
Verbeek's outfit returned from the winter break looking to continue their push for a place in Europe next season, and goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
and Georgios Samaras gave the hosts what looked to be a comfortable advantage. Marcel Cas' strike for Den Bosch then set the alarming bells ringing,
but Heerenveen held on to leave their opponents still just one point and one place off the foot of the table.
Relegation-threatened De Graafschap left it late but beat mid-table Roda JC at De Vijverberg. Ilja Van Leerdam finally broke the deadlock in the 81st
minute before Jhon Van Beukering sealed all three points with an injury-time goal.