By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
They have played two games more than rivals Ajax but put pressure on the Amsterdam club to win their games in hand thanks to their rout at Philips Stadion.
John de Jong opened the scoring on 45 minutes before Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink made it two on 77.
Manchester United target Arjen Robben (pictured) finished the game off with a goal four minutes from the end.
A blistering first half performance put Roda JC Kerkrade on their way to a 3-1 success over AZ Alkmaar.
Goals from Yannis Anastasiou (21) and Aroune Kone (25, 44) put Roda 3-0 up at Parkstad Limburg Stadion with Arjan Wisse netting Alkmaar's solitary reply with 22 minutes remaining.
RKC Waalwijk gave themselves too much to do as they crashed to defeat against NEC Nijmegen.
Jarda Simr put NEC ahead on 16 minutes and Frank Demouge made it two ten minutes before half time.
Iwan Redan did pull a goal back for RKC but the home fans left Mandemakers knowing their side threw away the game in the first half.