Feyenoord wrap up Eredivisie title, Groningen-Ajax abandoned
Feyenoord clinched their first Eredivisie title for six years with a stylish win over Go Ahead Eagles.
The celebrations began early in De Kuip as Arie Slot’s side raced into a 2-0 lead. Oussama Idrissi rounded off a fine passing move to open the scoring after 15 minutes, before Igor Paixão released top scorer Santiago Giménez to put away his 15th of the season.
Paixão put the icing in the cake with a curling shot on the turn early in the second half to wrap up the championship with two games to spare.
“It’s a huge team effort by the players and the backroom staff,” Slot told NOS. “It’s very special to be in the group of coaches who have won this title.”
Groningen match abandoned
Elsewhere, the match between Groningen and Ajax was abandoned after nine minutes after disgruntled home fans threw fireworks and ran onto the pitch with banners following their team’s relegation.
It was the second time in three weeks that a match at the Euroborg was suspended, after Groningen v NEC was stopped on April 23 when an assistant was hit by a plastic beaker thrown from the stand.
Club director Woute Gudde said his security team had done everything possible to try to prevent disturbances, including liaising with police in Belgium and Germany.
“It’s very sad when you’re an administrator at a football club and it feels like a victory if you manage to play out the full 90 minutes,” he said. The KNVB said the match would be completed on Tuesday behind closed doors.
The match between Utrecht and RKC Waalwijk was also stopped twice because of crowd trouble. On the second occasion the teams came back onto the pitch on the orders of Utrecht mayor Sharon Dijksma for the final two minutes of injury time, but agreed to run down the clock with RKC goalkeeper’s Etienne Vaessen’s foot on the ball.
Utrecht won 2-0, with Anastasios Douvikas scoring his 17th goal of the season to take the lead in the goalscoring charts, and in doing so made sure of a place in the Conference League play-offs.
They will almost certainly meet Sparta, who lost 2-1 at Volendam to fall five points behind FC Twente in the race for fifth spot. Defender Xavier Mbuyamba twice headed in corners by Carel Eiting for Volendam, after Koki Saito had given Sparta an early lead.
Twente outclassed NEC in a 4-0 win, with Vaclav Cerny scoring the opener and setting up two of the other goals, while Ricky van Wolfswinkel chipped in with a second-half brace.
A late goal by Xavi Simons enabled PSV to come from behind to beat Fortuna Sittard 2-1 and leave them needing just a point from their last two matches to secure a second-place finish and qualification for next year’s Champions League.
Vitesse Arnhem all but secured their place in next year’s competition with a 2-0 home win against bottom club Cambuur Leeuwarden, thanks to two goals by on-loan striker Bartosz Bialek.
Excelsior lifted themselves out of the relegation play-off place with a goalless draw at Heerenveen. They were replaced by Emmen, who suffered a first-half collapse at AZ, going 5-0 behind before eventually losing 5-1.
Twente Enschede 0-0 NEC Nijmegen
Heerenveen 0-0 Excelsior
Utrecht 2-0 RKC Waalwijk
Volendam 2-1 Sparta Rotterdam
AZ Alkmaar 5-1 Emmen
Feyenoord 3-0 Go Ahead Eagles
Groningen 0a-0a Ajax
PSV Eindhoven 2-1 Fortuna Sittard
Vitesse Arnhem 2-0 Cambuur Leeuwarden
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