Eredivisie round-up: Ajax leave it late while Utrecht hammer AZ Alkmaar
Last Updated: 08/03/15 6:30pm
Anwar El Ghazi scored a late goal to hand champions Ajax a 1-0 home win over Excelsior on Sunday and consolidate their bid for a Champions League place.
El Ghazi's strike seven minutes from time puts them 11 points behind runaway leaders PSV Eindhoven, who won 3-0 at Go Ahead Eagles Deventer on Saturday.
They sit eight points clear of Feyenoord, who moved up one place after a comfortable 3-0 home victory over second-from-bottom NAC Breda.
Goal-line technology confirmed Lex Immers' effort after 10 minutes had crossed the line; the first decision of its kind in the Dutch league. It was followed by two more goals from Mitchell te Vrede in the second half as the hosts ran out comfortable winners.
The result leaves Fred Rutten’s side on 48 points; one more than AZ Alkmaar, who were thrashed 6-2 at Utrecht.
Willem Janssen's second-minute goal was followed by a brilliant effort from Mark Diemers and then a third in the 17th minute from the penalty spot by Sebastien Haller.
Haller netted another penalty in the 69th minute before Kristoffer Peterson and Edouard Duplan also struck.
In Sunday’s other game, Groningen defeated bottom club Dordrecht 2-0 with goals from Albert Rusnak and Tjaronn Chery.