Ajax stepped closer to their fourth Eredivisie title in a row as they beat Feyenoord 2-1 at De Kuip to move eight points clear.

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veltman jeThe home side bossed the possession in the early stages, with Lex Immers missing a great chance to give them the lead early on, when he cold only fire a volley wide from six yards.

After 30 minutes the deadlock was broken when Jean Paul Boetius swung in a cross for Graziano Pelle to brilliantly head past Jasper Cillessen.

Ajax were struggling to find their rhythm but on the stroke of half time, Ricardo Kishna provided a bit of magic on the right hand side before his cutback was prodded into the net by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson at the front post.

The second half was much like the first with Feyenoord controlling possession, but struggling to create chances against Ajax’s organised backline.

Immers had a glorious chance to give Ajax the lead when Jean Paul Boetius found him unmarked in the box, but his header went straight into Cillessen’s arms.

Then on 72 minutes the decisive moment came when Daryl Janmaat gave away a unnecessary corner, and the delivery was eventually knocked over the line by Joel Veltman to make it 2-1.

Feyenoord bombed forward in the final minutes to find an equaliser, but Mitchell te Vrede’s header over the bar was the closest they came.

Ajax’s first win at De Kuip since 2010 now means Feyenoord sit 12 points behind, and the Rotterdam side’s title challenge is all but over. Twente drawing earlier in the day now means Ajax have opened up a eight point gap.

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