Ajax maintains Eredivisie lead

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Updated: April 7, 2013

Ajax restored its three-point
advantage at the top of the Eredivisie on Sunday with a 4-0 home victory
against Heracles.

Wins for PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse on Saturday left Ajax in a three-way tie
atop the league.

But the club collected its fifth successive victory on Sunday despite playing
most of the second half with 10 men.

Lasse Schone’s goal after 13 minutes had Ajax up 1-0 at halftime, but
goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer was sent off in the early stages of the second
half, although the home side only got better.

Just four minutes after the red card, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson doubled the lead
for Ajax, while Ryan Babel and Christian Eriksen each added another goal for
the home side in the final 15 minutes.

Utrecht downed Den Haag, 1-0, with a second-half goal from Jens Toornstra, NEC
and AZ Alkmaar played to a 1-1 draw despite NEC playing the final half hour
with 10 men and Groningen toppled Heerenveen, 3-1, with Michael de Leeuw
scoring his ninth goal of the campaign for the victors.