Ajax beat RKC Waalwijk 2-1 in Dutch Eredivisie

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Ajax closed to within seven points of Dutch Eredivisie (first division) leaders PSV Eindhoven on Friday with a two-one win away at RKC Waalwijk.

Ajax beat RKC Waalwijk 2-1 in Dutch Eredivisie

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Ajax closed to within seven points of Dutch Eredivisie (first division) leaders PSV Eindhoven on Friday with a two-one win away at RKC Waalwijk. Ronald Koeman's side fell behind to a Robert Fuchs goal for the home side after just seven minutes but four minutes later Wesley Sneijder equalised with a well- struck shot and Mauro Rosales grabbed the winner nine minutes before the break. Both sides hit the woodwork late in the second period, but three more points for Ajax maintains their third place with 31 points from 15 games - PSV and AZ Alkmaar, on 38 and 33 points respectively, play their games at the weekend. Ajax of Amsterdam had the chance to steal a march on their rivals at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie on Friday, as they travelled south to take on a struggling RKC Waalwijk side lying 12th in the table and without a win in eight games. However, Waalwijk deservedly took the lead after just seven minutes when a Robert Fuchs shot deflected off team-mate Michael Krohn-Dehli and flew past Hans Vonk in the Ajax goal. Stunned into action, Ronald Koeman's side drew level four minutes later. Tunisian right-back Hatem Trabelsi cut inside and set up Wesley Sneijder - the Dutch international did the rest with a well-struck shot. The combination of Fuchs and Krohn-Dehli troubled Ajax all evening and on 24 minutes Fuchs ran clear but was denied by a brave block by Vonk. However, it was Ajax who would score the second goal - Tomas Galasek's 36th-minute shot was spilled by Waalwijk 'keeper Khalid Sinouh and Mauro Rosales pounced to grab his second goal in a week, following his effort in the Amsterdammers' 4-1 win over RBC Roosendaal last Sunday. In the second half, both sides had their best chances just before full-time. Krohn-Dehli was unfortunate to find the outside of a post with a curling shot in the 85th minute and on the stroke of time, Sneijder hit the Waalwijk bar with a free-kick before Ajax substitute Ryan Babel's effort on the rebound somehow managed to strike the opposite post and the match finished two-one. A third goal for Ajax would have been hard on the home side, but they have now gone nine games without a win and are sinking fast. Ajax go into the weekend just seven points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven in third place, their dreams of the title not over yet. (AP)



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