Ajax breathed new life into their Eredivisie title ambitions by defeating league leaders PSV 3-0 at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday.
A brilliant second-half display saw Ajax move seven points back from Phillip Cocu’s side, whose 12-match unbeaten run came to an end after their advantage at the summit was cut to five points by AZ Alkmaar’s 5-0 victory over Heracles on Saturday.
With snow forcing the postponement of Utrecht’s clash with Feyenoord and Vitesse’s trip to Sparta Rotterdam, the match in Amsterdam took place under a closed roof and with a delayed kick-off time due to the adverse conditions.
PSV lost Jurgen Locadia to a hamstring injury after just 12 minutes and they came under sustained pressure for prolonged periods in a fiery first half, Kasper Dolberg heading over the hosts’ best opportunity shortly before half-time.
Ajax finally broke through when David Neres volleyed a half-cleared corner into the bottom-left corner in the 61st minute, and Lasse Schone quickly doubled their advantage with a fierce drive from 18 yards.
16 – David Neres scored 9 goals and assisted 7 more in 15 Eredivisie starts for @AFCAjax. Samba.
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Derrick Luckassen forced Andre Onana into his first save of the match but Marcel Keizer’s side were out of sight when Donny van de Beek snuck a pass from Neres in off the post.
Marco van Ginkel rattled the crossbar with a brilliant free-kick as the clock ran down, but PSV were left to rue missing out on a chance to move 13 points ahead of their fierce rivals.
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