posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 03:14 PM
PSV Eindhoven were crowned Dutch champions for the 18th time on Saturday as they defeated Vitesse Arnhem 3-0 at the Philips Stadion.
The victory extended their lead to 17 points overnight and although Ajax could cut it to 14 on Sunday there is no way the Amsterdam club can now catch
Guus Hiddink's side while AZ Alkmaar, beaten 2-1 by RKC Waalwijk on Saturday, have also seen their challenge fall by the wayside. First-half goals
from Park Ji-Sung and Mark van Bommel gave PSV a 2-0 interval lead and Gerald Sibon added a third three minutes before the end for PSV who are on
course for a treble. Next week they play AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final while they are already through to the Amstel
Cup final where they face Willem II.
Elsewhere Arouna Kone scored a hat-trick as Roda JC thrashed ADO Den Haag 4-1 in front of their own supporters. The game was effectively over by
half-time thanks to two goals from Kone which sandwiched the second from his team-mate Laszlo Bodnar. Kone added another nine minutes from time and
then Wesley Verhoek grabbed a consolation for the hosts.
On Friday, hat-tricks from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Georgios Samaras saw Heerenveen on their way to an emphatic 7-1 win over hapless RBC Roosendaal.
The home side were already four goals up by the interval with Huntelaar's treble followed by the first of Samaras' strikes. Donny De Groot managed to
pull one back for RBC but two more from Samaras, plus Lars Nilsson's late effort, saw Heerenveen move up to fifth in the standings in impressive