Dusan Tadic scored the only goal of the game as Ajax earned a slender 1-0 victory over Sparta Rotterdam.

Ajax went into the clash in Rotterdam without the ill Sebastien Haller and injured Antony. David Neres and Danilo began the game.

Sparta, who lost goalkeeper Maduka Okoye to injury early on, had the first big chance but Vito van Crooij fired wide.

Ajax had failed to impress but in the 36th minute, Danilo set up Dusan Tadic to fire in the opening goal.

After the break, Ajax remained in control but they failed to add a second goal before the end despite a number of chances.

Because of the victory, Ajax are now two points clear at the top of the table, while Sparta are 16th.

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