PSV Eindhoven moved top of the Eredivisie with a 2-0 win over Heracles as second-placed Twente drew away at De Graafschap on Sunday.
The stage is set for a thrilling finish to the season with three games to go, with PSV moving ahead of Twente thanks to a superior goal difference.
Ajax are a point back in third after they too recorded a win on Sunday, at NEC Nijmegen.
But it is PSV who are now in prime position after goals from Balazs Dzsudzsak and substitute Marcus Berg set up the win at Heracles.
They had to wait until the dying minutes for Berg’s sealer, with goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson saving a penalty from Heracles attacker Willy Overtoom 15 minutes before the end.
The losing hosts, who sit in ninth, played out almost all of the second half with 10 men after midfielder Mark Fledderus picked up a second yellow card in the 46th minute.
Twente were within minutes of collecting three points but conceded a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw against De Graafschap.
Veteran midfielder Denny Landzaat had given his side a 72nd-minute lead, only for Roier Meijer to hit back one minute before the end of regular time.
Ajax kept their title hopes alive with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over NEC Nijmegen.
Lasse Schone gave NEC a fourth-minute lead, but the visitors equalized in first-half stoppage time through Serbian forward Miralem Sulejmani.
Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld scored the winner in the 66th minute as Ajax moved within a point of top spot, while NEC sit in 11th.
Feyenoord romped to a 6-1 win over strugglers Willem II in the day’s other game.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Ryo Miyaichi both scored doubles, with Bruno Martins Indi and Luc Castaignos also on the scoresheet.
Feyenoord’s six goals – two in the first half and four in the second – came after Andreas Lasnik had given Willem II a surprise 20th-minute lead.
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