Feyenoord jumps to third with win over AZ

Feyenoord moved into third place in the Eredivisie table on Sunday after securing a 3-1 home win against AZ Alkmaar.

The victory moves the club to within three points of leaders PSV Eindhoven, while fellow top-four sides Twente and Ajax were both held to draws on Sunday.

Jean-Paul Boetius netted the opening goal midway through the first half, but AZ leveled the contest in the 63rd minute through Roy Beerens.

However, Nick Viergever received a red card for AZ just four minutes later, allowing Jordy Clasie to score the go-ahead goal in the 72nd and Tonny Vilhena to put the result out of reach with a goal in stoppage time.

PSV's 2-2 draw at Vitesse on Saturday gave Ajax the opportunity to close to within a point with a home win against Roda.

But the Amsterdam side fell behind 1-0 at halftime to a goal from Roda's Adil Ramzi, and could only manage to score once after the break to level the contest with Daley Blind providing the tally.

Ajax sits level with Feyenoord on 44 points and both teams reside one point clear of fourth-place Twente, which dropped down the table after being held to a 1-1 draw at 16th-place Zwolle.

Dusan Tadic handed Twente a good start when he scored after 11 minutes, but Denni Avdic answered from the penalty spot with nine minutes to play to force the visitors to settle for a point.

The other contest on Sunday saw NEC top Utrecht, 3-0, with Melvin Platje scoring after 15 minutes and Erik Falkenburg and Ruud Boymans each tallying once in the final five minutes.