By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax had to battle hard to come away from a trip to Utrecht with a 2-0 victory.Ajax had to battle hard to come away from a trip to Utrecht with a 2-0 victory.
Ronald Koeman's men are still in pursuit of league leaders PSV Eindhoven and second-placed AZ Alkmaar.
Ajax are now three points behind AZ and five off leaders PSV after a hard-fought victory at the Nieuw Galgewaard.
The Amsterdam giants had to wait until the 66th minute to take the lead when Wesley Sneijder struck, and Ryan Babel secured the points with his strike in the final minutes.
Feyenoord suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Vitesse Arnhem, despite taking the lead through Dirk Kuyt.
Igor Gluscevic was the hero as he struck twice in two minutes on 81 and 83 to secure an unlikely victory for Vitesse.
Bottom side RBC Roosendaal stay in real trouble after going down 1-0 at home to RKC Waalwijk - thanks to a single goal from Rick Hoogendorp.
ADO Den Haag are lingering just outside the drop zone after suffering a 3-0 defeat at home to Groningen, with Antoine van der Linden, Erik Nevland and Sander van Gessel doing the damage.
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