Eredivisie: Ajax suffer setback in title race after Vitesse Arnhem defeat
Last Updated: 04/03/18 9:51pm
Ajax's hopes of winning the Eredivisie title suffered another setback as they were beaten 3-2 at Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.
Bryan Linssen struck twice for Vitesse after Navarone Foor had given them an early lead and, although Ajax replied through Mateo Cassierra and Siem de Jong, they could not force an equaliser.
Having also been held at home by mid-table ADO Den Haag last time out, second-placed Ajax now find themselves 10 points adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven with eight games to go.
At the foot of the table, Sparta Rotterdam gave themselves a relegation lifeline as they beat ADO 2-1 to record only their fourth win of the season.
Michiel Kramer and Robert Muehren struck in the second half to overturn Erik Falkenburg's sixth-minute opener as Sparta climbed off the bottom, although they remain five points from safety.
Sunday's other two matches finished in 1-1 draws.
PEC Zwolle ended a three-match losing streak when Mustafa Saymak netted a 73rd-minute equaliser against VVV-Venlo, who had only taken the lead moments before through Vito van Crooy.
In Enschede, relegation-battling hosts FC Twente fought back to share the spoils with Groningen, with Tom Boere and Ritsu Doan the men on the mark.