Van Hooijdonk bags win for Feyenoord
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pierre van Hooijdonk bagged a brace to keep Feyenoord firmly on the heels of Ajax but still 11 points behind table-toppers PSV Eindhoven.
Nijmegen opened the scoring through Rob Wielaert after just 11 minutes but van Hooijdonk equalised ten minutes before half-time.
The former Celtic ace then popped up with the winner three minutes before time to grab all three points for Bert van Marwijk's men.
Ronald Koeman's Ajax side managed to overcome Excelsior but still trail Guus Hiddink's PSV by seven points.
Excelsior are struggling near the foot of the table, but made Ajax work hard for the points. Cecilio Lopes shocked the Amsterdam ArenA with the opening goal on four minutes.
However, Ajax regrouped and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hauled them level on 21 minutes.
Excelsior produced a spirited rearguard action, but Ibrahimovic found a way through ten minutes from time as the ArenA breathed a huge sigh of relief.
A last-minute goal from Paul Matthijs earned Groningen a vital point as they scrap to avoid relegation. Mourad Mghizrat thought he had snatched victory for Willem II with a goal 12 minutes from time, but Mathijs levelled the game late on.
Utrecht`s stuttering Uefa Cup drive came off the rails again, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at AZ Alkmaar, who took the points thanks to goals from Michael Buskermolen and Barry van Galen.