Ajax and PSV stay in touch with Twente

ROTTERDAM - Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven had comfortable wins over Groningen and VVV Venlo respectively in the Dutch league on Sunday to stay in touch with leaders Twente Enschede.

Steve McClaren's Twente are top with 74 points and four matches remaining after beating Sparta Rotterdam 3-0 on Saturday, with Bryan Ruiz scoring a hat-trick within four minutes.

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Ajax, who defeated Groningen 3-0, are four points behind on 70, one ahead of PSV who enjoyed their first win in four matches, beating Venlo 4-2.

Belgian international Jan Vertonghen (pictured) headed home a free-kick from Demy de Zeeuw seven minutes before the break to open the scoring for Ajax.

Midway through the second half Siem de Jong doubled the lead with a fine volley before Vertonghen notched up his second.

Otman Bakkal, with a close-range header, and Balazs Dzsudzsak scored first-half goals to put PSV on track, while Danny Koevermans scored early in the second half.

Ruben Schaken replied for VVV but Bakkal restored the three-goal lead a minute later, while Ruud Boymans added a second for the home side 12 minutes before time.

Fourth-placed Feyenoord, on 52 points and with a game in hand, were held to a goalless draw by NEC Nijmegen and two early goals for Utrecht proved sufficient to beat bottom side RKC Waalwijk 2-0.

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