Own goal gives Ajax victory at Waalwijk

An own goal by Guy Ramos gave Ajax Amsterdam a 1-0 win at 10-man RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch soccer league on Sunday to keep alive their title chances.

The unlucky Ramos deflected a shot from Christian Eriksen three minute before the break. Ajax failed to make it 2-0 when Miralem Sulejmani had a penalty saved in the 65th minute after Sigourney Bandjar had been sent off.

AZ Alkmaar remain top with 38 points after 16 matches following their 4-0 win over Graafschap Doetinchem on Saturday. They are four points ahead of PSV Eindhoven, 1-0 winners against NAC Breda.

Ajax are fourth with 30 points, while Feyenoord slipped to sixth with 28 after being held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Utrecht.

John Guidetti scored his eighth goal this season to put Feyenoord ahead after 94 seconds but after 31 minutes Daan Bovenberg headed home the equaliser.

Soon after half-time, Edouard Duplan scored to earn Utrecht the lead but midway through the second half Jerson Cabral came in from the right to salvage a draw for Ronald Koeman's men.

At the bottom, VVV Venlo registered their second win of the season beating neighbours Roda JC Kerkrade 2-0 to move into 17th place with 10 points leaving Excelsior Rotterdam in the bottom spot with eight points.

Barry Maguire converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime after keeper Pawel Kieszek was sent off for a foul.

Seven minutes before time, after Mads Junker had missed a penalty for Roda, Ahmed Musa set up Bryan Linssen to double the lead.