Champs back in charge in Holland

Dec 2, 2007 - 4:04 PM By PA SportsTicker

Ajax suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, going down 3-1 at home to NAC Breda, to allow PSV Eindhoven to take control of the Ereidivisie.

PSV's 1-0 victory over De Graafschap on Saturday had put them top of the league at the expense of the Amsterdam club and Ajax failed to pick up the gauntlet 24 hours later.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's stoppage-time consolation goal was all that Ajax fans had to cheer after second-half goals for NAC from Matthew Amoah and substitute Ahmed Ammi sealed the win for the visitors, who had led through a first-half own goal from Jan Vertonghen.

PSV is now two points clear of Ajax and Feyenoord, which bounced back from last week's 3-2 defeat at FC Groningen with a 6-0 demolition of Heracles Almelo.

Roy Makaay started the rout with a goal in the first minute and a second approaching the half-hour mark. Kevin Hofland made it 3-0 before second-half goals from Andwele Slory, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Georgino Wijnaldum further embarrassed Heracles.

Jacob Poulsen's first-half goal lifted Heerenveen to fourth with a 1-0 win at NEC Nijmegen.

AZ Alkmaar's indifferent season continued with a 2-1 defeat at FC Twente for whom Blaise N'Kufo scored both goals with substitute Graziano Pelle firing a late consolation for Louis van Gaal's men.

On Saturday, Jefferson Farfan scored the only goal on the stroke of the interval for PSV and the champions defended that lead, despite the sending-off of Danko Lazovic.

Willem II climbed off the bottom of the table with a 6-0 annihilation of fellow strugglers Excelsior.

Rydell Poepon began the scoring after nine minutes and Frank Demouge added a second before half-time.

Said Boutahar added a third in the second half before the visitors` misery was compounded when Daniel Guijo-Velasco was sent off.

Frank van der Struijk added a fourth 12 minutes from time before Demouge and Poepen each doubled their personal tallies.

In-form Marcus Berg struck early in the second half to give FC Groningen a 1-0 win over struggling VVV Venlo.

Roda JC survived a late scare to beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-2 at the Parkstad Limburg Stadion.

Young striker Roland Lamah was the star of the show, bagging a quick brace to set Roda on the way to the win and into fourth place in the league.

Jan Paul Saeijs made it 3-0 before Sebastien Sansoni and substitute Harrie Gommans struck for Vitesse.

On Friday, FC Utrecht hammered lowly Sparta Rotterdam 7-1.

Loic Loval struck a hat-trick and Robin Nelisse a brace, with Leroy George and Francis Dickoh also on target for the hosts.

Yuri Rose pulled one back for the visitors 13 minutes from time, but it provided little consolation.

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