PSV strengthens hold on title race

PSV Eindhoven consolidated their lead in the premier division with a 2-0 victory over relegation candidate RKC Waalwijk. PSV trainer Ronald Koemam was ‘moderately satisfied’ with the result. ‘We defended well but we could have done more in attack. With a little bit more football savvy we could have scored more.’


The PSV coach perhaps had his mind already set on the return away leg in the Champions League against Arsenal on Wednesday. PSV, with a 1-0 advantage, would make it very difficult for Arsenal if they scored first.
Ajax of Amsterdam, until this week the main challenger to PSV, slumped to fourth place in the league after losing at home 0-1 to the northern team of Heerenveen. Ajax manager Henk ten Cate was philosophical in defeat. ‘We played poorly today‚Ķ but few teams have performed better than us since the winter break.’
Ajax have netted just 2 points from their last three games. Any hopes of catching PSV are now surely dashed, especially after their Brazilian winger Leonardo was stretchered off with a serious injury in the second half of the game. Still, the Amstedam club is still in the running for Champions League football next season.
AZ of Alkmaar are six points adrift of PSV and could still pull off a surprise after winning 0-4 away to FC Utrecht. The team of coach Louis van Gaal are noted for their never say die mentality and will take advantage of every slip PSV make. For the moment AZ are focused on their upcoming UEFA cup game against Newcastle this week.
A surprise name in the top three is FC Twente who moved into third place after beating NEC of Nijmegen away 0-3.
Feyenoord of Rotterdam meanwhile held on to fourth place after drawing 1-1 with Roda JC of Kerkrade, Limburg, thanks to a late equaliser from super sub Pierre van Hooijdonk. Roda, in sixth place, is eager to move into the top five, which guarantees a place in the play-offs for next season’s Champions League

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