Ajax went into the final games of the season,on par with PSV and needing a win against relegation threatened Graafshaft to win the league.
The Amsterdam giants took the lead in the 16th minute through Amin Younes but a fine equaliser from Bryan Smeets earned the 17th-placed side a surprise 1-1 draw and swung the balance of the title race once again.duly took advantage, and were crowned national champions for the 23rd time after a 3-1 win at PEC Zwolle. Jurgen Locadia (34) set them on their way and a brace from captain Luuk de Jong (43 and 67) either side of a Ouasim Bouy strike (66) securing what was in the end a comfortable victory.
At the other end of the table, Excelsior won 2-0 away at bottom club Cambuur with goals from Tom van Weert in the fourth minute and Kevin Vermeulen (59) to make sure they avoided dropping into the relegation play-offs.Willem II, though, will still face a battle to retain their top-flight status despite winning 3-2 at Roda, as they finished in 16th place.AZ Alkmaar finished in fourth after they won 3-1 at Utrecht and so will go direct into the Europa League qualifying rounds next season along with third-placed Feyenoord, who beat NEC Nijmegen 1-0 courtesy of a second-half goal from captain Dirk Kuyt at De Kuip.
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Groningen secured eighth spot and a shot at the Europa League qualifying play-offs with a 2-1 home win over Heracles Almelo, as defender Rasmus Lindgren (53 & 64) scored twice in the second half.Twente drew 2-2 with Vitesse while it finished 1-1 at the Kyocera Stadion between hosts Den Haag and Heerenveen.
PSV boss Phillip Cocu told NOS radio. “That’s football. You have to keep believing in your chances,””De Graafschap played a big role in our title today, we’re grateful for that.”