Amsterdam giants Ajax have clinched the Eredivisie for club-record fourth consecutive season.
Frank de Boer’s men put the finishing touches on a successful title defence with a 1-1 draw away at Heracles Almelo with one game to spare.
Ajax started the day six points clear of second-placed Feyenoord knowing that they would secure the title by avoiding defeat against their mid-table opponents, regardless of what happened in Rotterdam.
The day couldn’t have got off to a better start as Danish midfielder Lasse Schone fired the visitors into a 13th minute lead with his ninth goal of the season. However, Ajax’s lead only lasted for just nine minutes as Heracles levelled through Simon Cziommer.
Feyenoord’s emphatic second half display, in which the Rotterdam giants raced to a 5-1 scoreline in Ronald Koeman’s final home match, created a tense atmosphere towards the end. However, Ajax held on for a crucial point to ensure it is their name on the trophy once more.
In truth, the manner in which Ajax crossed the finishing line was fitting. The Amsterdam giants have been far from convincing this season, but once again they got the job done and extended their status as Dutch football’s most decorated club.
Ajax will bring the domestic title back to the Amsterdam for a record 33rd time. Meanwhile, Feyenoord’s victory ensures that the Rotterdam club qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, rock-bottom Roda threw away a one-goal advantage at home to Groningen to leave themselves hanging on by a thread. Their only saving grace was NEC’s 5-2 defeat to FC Twente, but they will need a minor miracle to avoid automatic relegation next weekend.
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