Ajax hammered PSV Eindhoven 5-1 in Sunday’s top match, keeping their premier title hopes alive. The Amsterdammers took an early lead through Klaas Jan Huntelaar, a former PSV reject.
Just before half time Wesley Sneijder scored a second for the Amsterdammers. In the second half PSV hit back with a goal from Patrick Kluivert. But PSV’s hopes of recovery were quickly dashed when Huntelaar popped up to score again. Goals from Gabri and Kenneth Peres completed the drubbing of the home team. Ajax now trail PSV by five points.
‘The gap is still big. But we have increased the pressure on PSV. They have still got some tough games to play. Anything can happen,’ Ajax coach Henk ten Cate told the Telegraaf newspaper.
PSV manager Ronald Koeman said his team’s defence had handled Ajax’s strikers ‘with kid gloves’.
Third-placed AZ of Alkmaar failed to keep up the momentum after their midweek victory against Newcastle in the UEFA Cup, drawing 0-0 away to lowly placed Heracles of Almelo. AZ coach Louis van Gaal said that the team’s failure to concentrate on today’s game after playing against Newcastle showed that they were ‘not yet a top club’.
Feyenoord of Rotterdam and FC Twente of Enschede also failed to capitalise on PSV’s defeat, drawing their respective games against Willem II of Tilburg and Groningen.
Feyenoord now have a fight on their hands to retain fifth place, which guarantees a spot in the play-offs for the Chmapions League. They are just two points ahead of SC Heerenveen, who they still have to play.
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