Go Ahead Eagles can only strive for a play-off place in their unlikely bid to avoid relegation after they were beaten 3-2 by Groningen.
Three points separate Feyenoord and Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie after the latter toppled the former 2-1 on Sunday.
PSV Eindhoven beat Vitesse 1-0 to close the gap on second-placed Ajax to a point and move five behind leaders Feyenoord.
Mathias Pogba struck the game's only goal as Sparta Rotterdam became the first team this year to beat Feyenoord in the Eredivisie.
Utrecht came from two goals down to win 3-2 at Groningen to record a fourth win in the last five Eredivisie matches.
Title-chasing PSV Eindhoven triumphed 4-2 at AZ Alkmaar on Saturday, while Go Ahead Eagles and Heracles also won.
Feyenoord retained their five-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie with a resounding 4-0 win over NEC Nijmegen.
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PSV Eindhoven scored two late goals to secure a thrilling 4-3 victory over Heerenveen in the Eredivisie on Sunday.
A goal late in each half steered Heracles Almelo to three points as they beat NEC Nijmegen 2-0 at the Polman Stadion.
Luuk de Jong capped a 24-minute blitz as PSV stormed back to the top of the Eredivisie with a 4-1 win over NEC in Nijmegen.
Ajax moved a step closer to reclaiming the Eredivisie title on Sunday with a thumping 4-0 win over FC Twente.
Ajax slipped up but still moved back to the top of the Eredivisie table with a 2-2 draw at home to FC Utrecht.
Ajax failed to take advantage of PSV's Saturday slip-up as they dropped their first points in five Eredivisie games at home to NEC.
Defending Eredivisie champions PSV maintained their one point lead at the top of league with a comfortable 3-0 win away at Nijmegen on Sunday.
PSV Eindhoven climbed to the top of the Eredivisie with a 4-2 victory over De Graafschap on Saturday.
Ajax extended their gap at the top of the Eredivisie with a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Vitesse on Saturday.
Amin Younes gave Eredivisie leaders Ajax a 1-0 win at ADO Den Haag, while PSV won 2-0 at Feyenoord on Sunday.
Dirk Kuyt's impressive scoring form continued for Feyenoord on Sunday as the Rotterdam club beat Heracles Almelo 3-0 at home.
Feyenoord lost ground in the Eredivisie title race after a shock 1-0 loss against ADO Den Haag.