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Ajax beat PSV 3-1 to cut the gap to 11 points in Eredivisie

Ajax defeated Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven 3-1 to cut their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 11 points.

Ajax players celebrate their third goal against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie

Eindhoven, March 2 (IANS) AFC Ajax narrowed the gap with Dutch football league leaders PSV Eindhoven to 11 points after a 3-1 win at the Philips Stadion here. 

PSV were the better team in the first half hour of the match on Sunday. But Ajax opened the scoring. Ricardo Kishna tipped in a cross by Anwar El Ghazi, reports Xinhua. PSV created some opportunities in the second half but only found the net 13 minutes from time when Luuk de Jong headed in a cross by left-back Jetro Willems.

A few minutes before the goal, Ajax substitute Lasse Schone hit the crossbar with a free-kick. But a few minutes after PSV's equaliser he did hit the target with a deflected free-kick. Anwar El Ghazi secured Ajax's victory in injury-time. He finished a fine action with a curled shot into the net.

Thanks to the win, second placed Ajax closed the gap with leaders PSV to 11 points, with nine rounds remaining. 

"Still I don't think it is realistic to think about the title," Ajax coach Frank de Boer said afterwards. PSV coach Phillip Cocu agreed: "We shouldn't give this away."

AZ Alkmaar, who beat Willem II 2-0 on Saturday, and Feyenoord Rotterdam, who drew 0-0 against FC Utrecht on Sunday, are third and fourth.

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