Leaders PSV Eindhoven maintain control with comfortable home victory
Nine wins in 10 games for Cocu’s men.
PSV Eindhoven went 10 points clear at the top of the Eredivisie after cruising to a 3-0 victory over fourth-placed FC Utrecht at Philips Stadion.
Ramon Leeuwin put through his own net to gift PSV an early lead and there was no way back for the visitors when Luuk de Jong found the top corner six minutes later.
Steven Bergwijn’s strike just after the break completed a ninth win in 10 league games for Phillip Cocu’s side.
Ajax will aim to move back within seven points of the runaway leaders when they travel to Vitesse on Sunday.
AZ Alkmaar are just two points behind Ajax after earning a 2-1 win at Excelsior.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh added to Theo Zwarthoed’s own goal just before half-time to leave AZ in control.
Ali Messaoud pulled one back midway through the second half but the hosts could not rescue a point as AZ saw out a fourth straight victory.
Feyenoord remain fifth in the table following a 2-1 defeat at NAC Breda.
Jens Toornstra gave Feyenoord an early lead only for on-loan Manchester City forward Thierry Ambrose to quickly wipe out the advantage.
Umar Sadiq completed the turnaround from the penalty spot four minutes after half-time and NAC held on to move seven points clear of the bottom three.
Heerenveen ended a four-game winless run with a 2-0 triumph over Willem II courtesy of goals early in each half from Lucas Woudenberg and Reza Ghoochannejhad.