Ajax has moved clear at the top of the Eredivisie after a slender 1-0 win over Feyenoord in De Klassieker.

Erik ten Hag decided to name the same eleven that defeated FC Twente in midweek, while Feyenoord began with Ridgeciano Haps on the left-wing and Nicolai Jorgensen up front.

Ajax controlled the possession early on and in the 22nd minute, Ryan Gravenberch placed the ball past Nick Marsman to make it 1-0.

Around the half-hour mark, Feyenoord got their first big chance but Andre Onana denied Haps from close range. Leroy Fer then tested the Ajax stopped from range after Daley Blind gave the ball away.

Ajax lost Ryan Gravenberch at the break to an injury and Jurgen Ekkelenkamp came on for the second-half. The substitute saw a shot blocked with the first chance after the break.

Feyenoord then took control and came close through a Steven Berghuis strike that flew wide. Jorgensen did have the ball in the net but Jens Toornstra was offside in the build-up.

Luis Sinisterra came off the bench as Feyenoord continued to create the better chances. However, Berghuis put a shot wide before Onana denied Fer with a huge save. In the final seconds, Sinisterra hit the bar as the visitors came within inches of getting a point.

In the end, Ajax held on to secure the three points and they remain clear at the top of the Eredivisie. Feyenoord drop to fourth.

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