FOOTBALL: PSV Retain Eredivise Title After Ajax Stumble

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.

PSV celebrating their title
PSV celebrating their title

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.”

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