Ajax widen gap with PSV

Ajax had problem with tough FC Twente, but won three points through an ealy goal by Julien Escudé. PSV lost at Heerenveen on Saturday, so Ajax widened the gap with their rivals in the race for the title.

In the final match before the winter break, Ajax lost 2-0 at Twente. The team from Amsterdam was out for revenge in the ArenA on Sunday. Coach Ronald Koeman had hoped for an early lead, as he had seen Twente hang on at PSV for almost the entire match last week.

Ajax's boss got what he wanted when Julien Escudé headed in a corner by Sneijder in the twelfth minute. It was the first goal for Ajax by the French defender, who had quite a week in which he also became father to a baby boy.

The basis seemed there for a big Ajax victory. But Twente refused to bend and Ajax started to struggle as the match went on.

Early in the second half goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saved his team when he stopped three good Twente chances. Hatem Trabelsi made his comeback for Ajax. The Tunisian defender, who won the African Cup of Nations with his country, replaced Zdenek Grygera in the second half. After Yannis Anastasiou had missed the biggest chance of the second half - he hit the cross bar - Wesley Sonck came on for the Greek striker. In the last part of the match, Nicolae Mitea came on for left winger Victor Sikora. Twente-sub Sjaak Polak almost spoiled Ajax's hopes when he hit the post in the final minute.

In the end though, Escudé's goal proved enough for Ajax to distance themselves from their only remaining rivals PSV.