Ajax approaches the title as another Emmen victory boosts hopes of survival

Arjen Robben recovered from the injury but was unable to save Groningen. Photo: ANP / Olaf Kraak

Ajax has only two wins before winning the 35th Dutch League title, following a 1-0 win at RKC Waalwijk.

Flicking the ball with a high kick over Kostas Lamprou, the first half goal of Sebastien Haller, was a rare highlight of the match that Amsterdam players dominated without getting out of second gear. The best chance for RKC to equalize was Cyril Ungoni’s free kick.

“We started the game well, but then the engine got grit,” said coach Eric Ten Hug. “Especially in the last third of the pitch, we didn’t use the possessions we had and created too few.”

Ajax is the second player from close range, 11 points behind PSV Eindhoven, who won 2-0 at VVV-Venro after Donyell Malen set up Cody Gakpo with a clever touch on the opener. I tapped it.

AZ is at the same level as PSV after defeating Sparta with the same scoreline in Alkmaar. Jordy Buijsie, acting on behalf of the suspended captain Toon Corpminers, said he started scoring in the 13th minute and has since been discussing an extension of the contract with the club.

Emmen fills the gap

With 10 consecutive VVV defeats and Willem II’s 4-0 defeat at Heracles, Emmen was able to move within a safe point. Thanks to Glenn Bijl’s late penalty and Paul Gladon’s stop-time strike, Drenthe was the only team in the bottom five to win 3-1 at Fortuna Sitterd.

Feyenoord strengthened the playoffspot claim to win 2-1 in Utrecht, recovering from Leroy Fer’s early own goal, and Steven Berghuis won the low drive in the 57th minute.

As a result, Dick Advocaat’s team was within two points of fourth-placed Vitesse. Vitesse only drew 0-0 to ADO Den Haag, the bottom of the home.

Robben returns

The long-awaited return of Arjen Robben as a 78-minute substitute did not prevent Groningen from dropping to his northern rival Heerenveen 2-0 at home. Henk Veerman penalized him shortly before Robben’s arrival and Tibol Halilović delayed the strike, ensuring Friesland’s first away victory in 11 attempts.

Virgil Misidjan’s goal was enough to score all three points against FC Twente. FC Twente won seven games.



Vitesse Arnhem 0-0ADO The Hague


AZ Alkmaar 2-0 Sparta Rotterdam

Fortuna Sittered 1-3 Emmen

Heracles Almelo 4-0 Willem II Tilburg

PEC Zwolle 1-0 Twente Enschede


Groningen 0-2 Heerenveen

RKC Waalwik 0-1 Ajax

Utrecht 1-2 Feyenoord

VVV Venlo 0-2PSV Eindhoven

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Ajax approaches the title as another Emmen victory boosts hopes of survival

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