Feyenoord moved up to third in the Eredivisie by coming from a goal down to thrash NEC Nijmegen 5-1 at De Kuip on Saturday.
Soren Rieks thumped an unstoppable volley into the top corner to give the visitors an 11th-minute lead, but Lex Immers converted Miquel Nelom’s cross to level matters before Graziano Pelle coolly gave Feyenoord a half-time lead.
It might have been worse at that stage for NEC as Pelle missed a tamely struck penalty, but the same player added his second after the interval in between another brace for Jean Paul Boetius.
Feyenoord are now level on points with Twente and Vitesse in joint second spot, after Michel Jansen’s side handed further initiative to Ajax in the title race by going down 3-2 at PSV Eindhoven.
Santiago Arias opened the scoring after seven minutes for the hosts, drilling into the bottom corner left-footed to cap a fine team move. Jurgen Locadia headed home Memphis Depay’s 23rd-minute cross to double PSV’s advantag, but Quincy Promes reduced the arrears before the break.
That was to prove a false dawn for Twente, though, as Neterlands international Jetro Willems cut in from the flank to curl home a third in the 52nd minute. Kyle Ebecilio exposed some slack set-piece defending to hit back for the visitors once more, but PSV held out.
Ajax will go seven points clear at the summit if they overcome PEC Zwolle on Sunday.
NAC Breda are up to ninth and put seven points between themselves and relegation-threatened Roda JC with a 2-0 win at Rat Verlegh Stadion.
After Roda’s Mitchell Donald struck the post, NAC substitute Adnane Tighadouini broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute.
Stipe Perica then capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Filip Kurto with three minutes to play and condemned Roda to a third consecutive loss.
Go Ahead Eagles ended a similar slump of four Eredivisie games without a win with a 2-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar in Deventer.
Doke Schmidt gave the home side a deserved lead through his spectacular long-ranger in the 36th minute and Jarchinio Antonia added a second on the break late on as AZ searched for a route back into the match.
Roy Beerens’ deflected injury-time strike gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, but Go Ahead held on.