Ajax remain four points clear at the top of the Eredivisie after a 3-0 win over Heerenveen at the Amsterdam Arena.

  • By Michael Bell
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schone bgIn front of the watching Johan Cruyff, who was awarded the UEFA presidents award before kick off, Ajax started brightly, and were close to the opening goal when Niklas Moisander hit the woodwork with a header.

On 12 minutes Ajax were awarded a penalty for a foul on Siem de Jong, and Lasse Schone sent Kristoffer Nordfeldt the wrong way to make it 1-0.

Five minutes later Ajax were awarded another penalty, this time for a handball in the box, and Schone once again slotted the ball into the corner.

Heerenveen improved after the break, and Hakim Ziyech came close to reducing the deficit with a long range free-kick which flew just wide.

Ajax sealed the three points with eight minutes to go, and it was Schone again who netted with a cool finish inside the box to complete his hat-trick.

Frank de Boers side are now four points clear of Twente, and a further seven ahead of third place Feyenoord with ten games to go.

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