Eredivisie Round 26 Results: Ajax edge closer towards leaders AZ after routine win over ADO Den Haag

The reigning champions again picked up the full three points, while the table toppers had to settle for a scoreless draw
Vitesse 2-0 Heracles
The home side allowed Heracles the majority of possession in the opening stages, but always looked the more likely team to open the scoring, and it was Wilfried Bony who gifted Vitesse the lead in the 23rd minute with an intelligent backheel.

The guests were then dealt another blow when goalkeeper Remko Pasveer was dismissed after bringing down Renato Ibarra, but the awarded spot kick was missed by Bony, who only hit the upright.

Nevertheless, the Cote D'Ivoire international made amends after the break when he set up Ibarra for the 2-0 as the winger fired home from 20 yards out after a quick counterattack.
RKC 1-0 De Graafschap
Neither of the two sides really managed to impress in Waalwijk, although the hosts dominated play for the majority of the game.

Therefore, it was not too much of a surprise when Krisztian Nemeth broke the deadlock in the 78th minute to help RKC to the full three points.
Excelsior 2-1 Roda
Excelsior started the match superbly and needed only five minutes to break the deadlock via young attacker Rangelo Janga.

Roda then got a number of chances to restore parity, but Mitchell Donald, Mads Junker and Sanharib Malki all failed to find the net.

An own goal from Jagos Vukovic then made it two for the Rotterdam side well into stoppage time, before Malki pegged one back with the last kick of the game.
NEC dominated play right from the start and deservedly went one up in the 38th minute. Ryan Koolwijk set up Leroy George inside the area, and the winger had no trouble finding the net from close range.

VVV did their utmost to equalise in the remainder of the game, but Denmark international Lasse Schone put the match to bed after a smooth combination in the 73rd minute.
ADO Den Haag 0-2 Ajax

ADO Den Haag started the match full of aggression, and they were made to pay for this attitude halfway through the first half when Ali Boussaboun was shown a straight red card after a reckless tackle on Vurnon Anita.

Ajax took advantage of their extra man on the pitch after the interval when young winger Jody Lukoki opened the scoring only minutes after coming off the bench.

Highly rated defender Jan Vertonghen then capped a good performance with his seventh league goal of the season after a long run forward.
PSV 5-1 Heerenveen
Twente 0-2 Feyenoord

Twente were without several first team regulars due to injury and suspension, and this showed on the pitch as they were unable to pin Feyenoord down in their own half.

The guests even grabbed the lead shortly after the break when youngster Nils Roseler beat his own goalkeeper when he attempted to head Jerson Cabral's dangerous cross clear.

The hosts did their utmost to restore parity, but Feyenoord shot stopper Erwin Mulder proved to be too much of an obstacle, and Sekou Cisse made it two in the closing stages of the game after shrugging off Dwight Tiendalli.
Utrecht 3-1 Groningen
Sloppy defending from the Domstedelingen gifted Dusan Tadic the chance to open the scoring early on and the Serbia international had little trouble beating Junior Fernandez.

UItrecht then took over the initiative and French winger Edouard Duplan levelled the scoring shortly before the half-time whistle.

The home side continued to push for more in the second half, and Cedric van der Gun eventually netted the 2-1 in the 84th minute before Alexander Gerndt made it three only minutes later.
AZ 0-0 NAC
AZ were somewhat surprisingly held to a scoreless draw in the AFAS Stadium as the NAC defence put in a strong performance to keep a clean sheet.

The guests even created the bigger chances to open the scoring, but AZ glovesman Esteban proved his worth with some fine saves.