By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The match was settled early on with Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart netting twice to send the De Kuip side to their third defeat of the season.
The midfielder, who has been amongst the goal this term, opened the scoring after just three minutes and swiftly netted his second eight minutes later.
Despite a valiant effort to get back into the match the visitors were no match for the league leaders and now slip ten points behind the pace setters.
AZ Alkmaar avoided defeat at the Mandemakers after snatching a last-gasp 1-1 draw from their visit to RKC Waalwijk.
Khalid Boulahrouz's goal after 51 minutes had looked to be enough for the win, before Jose Fortes Rodriguez clinched an unlikely point in injury time.
Utrecht secured their fifth win of the season following a 3-1 victory over Roda JC at the Galgewaard.
Sven Vanderbroeck inadvertently put through his own net after 31 minutes, with Donny de Groot doubling their advantage in the second half.
Christiano briefly threatened a comeback for the visitors with a swift reply before Richal Leitoe settled the tie late on.
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