By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSV clinched a second successive Eredivisie title despite being held to a home draw.
PSV Eindhoven clinched a second successive Eredivisie title despite being held to a home draw by Groningen.
Knowing before kick-off that a point would be good enough however closest rivals AZ Alkmaar got on at Ajax, Guus Hiddink's side duly obliged despite being some way off their fluent best.
Indeed, the hosts fell behind four minutes before the break to a goal from former Manchester United striker Erik Nevland.
Any nerves at the Philips Stadion were calmed by Peruvian international Jefferson Farfan who restored parity two minutes after the interval and that was the way it stayed to ensure that Hiddink signed off his final season at the club in fine style.
In the end PSV's efforts proved largely irrelevant as AZ went down to a single goal by Nourdin Boukhari at Ajax which put a definitive end to any lingering hopes they had of catching the leaders.
Ajax's win sees them move to within one point of fourth-placed Utrecht who themselves suffered a single-goal defeat at Vitesse Arnhem - Mads Junker grabbing the match-winner.
Twente Enschede moved into the top half with a 2-0 home success over ADO Den Haag with Sharbel Touma and Blaise N'Kufo striking in the latter stages of the second half.
Willem II and Roda JC played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Willem II Stadion.
The hosts twice held the lead with Iwan Redan (6) and Arvid Smit (40) finding the net, but twice Roda fought back through Cristiano (19) and Humphrey Rudge (64) to earn a share of the spoils.