Important wins for Ajax and Feyenoord

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Sunday’s Premier League action in the Netherlands saw FC Twente suffer a critical setback in their fight for pole position after a goalless away draw against Vitesse.

League leader AZ Alkmaar are now seven points ahead of Twente, with still half a game in hand against Excelsior, who are second from the bottom. Twente are now in third position, four points behind PSV.

Ajax and Feyenoord closed in on Twente, who are now a mere three points clear of the numbers four and five.  Ajax won a solid 3-0 away victory over NEC. All three goals by the Amsterdam team, who were missing several players, came in the second half, with Miralem Sulejmani netting two and youth player Davy Klaassen grabbing the third. In the fixture against NEC, Ajax had another injured player carried off the field when goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer clashed with Kevin Conboy.

Feyenoord Rotterdam, on the other hand, struggled to secure a narrow 2-1 away victory over RKC Waalwijk. RKC in fact took the lead with a goal by Rick ten Voorde 36 minutes into the first half. The Rotterdam squad only managed to score after Waalwijk striker Robert Braber was sent off the pitch on 62 minutes. Even then, it took John Guidetti and substitute Jerson Cabral until the last 15 minutes to score Feyenoord’s two goals.

Thanks to a 1-1 draw with ADO Den Haag, Excelsior no longer are bottom of the league. Excelsior now have seven points, as many as VVV Venlo have, but they have a better goal difference and still half a game in hand against AZ, which they are due to complete on 7 December. Leen van Steensel put Excelsior in the lead just one minute into the match, with Jens Toornstra scoring the equaliser on 59 minutes.

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