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Ajax crush AZ to strengthen lead in Dutch league

English.news.cn   2014-02-24 08:35:32

THE HAGUE, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Ajax recovered strong from a humiliating 3-0 home defeat against Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday in the Europa League by beating AZ Alkmaar 4-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday.

Captain Siem de Jong opened the scoring for the home team in the 4th minute, but Ajax missed chances to decide the match in the first half.

In the second half, Lerin Duarte scored twice and 19-year-old Ricardo Kishna scored on his league debut with a powerful strike.

With Ajax winning in domestic league, both rivals FC Twente and Feyenoord shared point in their encounters on Sunday in Enschede.

Graziano Pelle and Jean-Paul Boetius earned the visitors a 2-0 lead, but Luc Castaignos scored in the 68th minute to give Twente hope until the final second. Substitute Cuco Martina produced the equalizer in injury time of 95th minute.

Also on Sunday, Vitesse defeated RKC Waalwijk 3-1, while PSV Eindhoven booked their fourth successive victory against NEC in Nijmegen for 2-0.

Ajax now lead the standings, six ahead of Twente, eight ahead of Vitesse, nine ahead of Feyenoord and 13 ahead of fifth ranked PSV.

Editor: Yang Lina
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