Ajax did not succeed in taking over first place from PSV. The side from Amsterdam were held at 2-2 by RKC in Waalwijk. Furthermore, AZ went past Ajax in the league table because of the draw.
A 2-0 win on Sunday would have moved Ajax past PSV to first place in the league table. That would have been remarkable, as Ajax trailed PSV by ten points a month ago. But Ajax let the opportunity go by. Gabri and Sneijder gave Ajax the lead twice in the match against RKC on Sunday, but Jan Vertonghen and Ruud Berger equalised on both occasions.
Jan Vertonghen played an important part for the home side who are fighting relegation. The Belgian, on loan from Ajax, made it 1-1 and was dangerous throughout the match. That he cost his Ajax colleagues two points, did not worry him much this time. ,,I think I have given my calling card for next season'', he said with a big smile. But besides RKC's fighting spirit and Vertonghen's class, Ajax had themselves to blame for losing the two crucial points in the title race.
Ajax created only a few chances and RKC won most of the challenges. The team seemed nervous after PSV had lost again on Saturday. But that was not the case, according to coach Henk ten Cate. ,,I did not see nervous players today. RKC was more aggressive today, and the pitch was pretty bad'', Ten Cate said.