Title within reach for Ajax
Their victory over De Graafschap 3-1 on Sunday means Ajax are now tantalizingly close to prolonging their championship title for the first time since 1995.
In their last four games the Amsterdam squad are defending their six-point lead over AZ and Feijenoord, the numbers two and three in the rankings.
FC Twente, PSV and SC Heerenveen are trailing Ajax by as much as seven points and Ajax also have the best goal difference of all clubs in the Dutch premier league. It is beginning to look like the ruling champions will be able to throw a party after their home match against VVV-Venlo on 2 May.
However, favourable results from other premier league matches could mean the Amsterdam squad can throw a party as early as 29 April, after its away match against FC Twente.
Winning the national championship for a second time in a row would be a major personal success for Ajax coach Frank de Boer, who kept his head cool during the power struggle between former star player Johan Cruyff and the former members of the Ajax board of commissioners.
In the match against De Graafschap, striker Derk Boerrigter scored the first and third goal for Ajax in the first half. Christian Eriksen scored the second Ajax goal while Michael de Leeuw scored for De Graafschap just before half time. In the second half a carelessly playing Ajax meant the Doetinchem team was able to prevent any further goals.
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