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Dec, 4, 2005

Eredivisie: Ajax beat RKC 4-1 as NEC move to fourth

AMSTERDAM, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam came from a goal behind to beat RKC Waalwijk 4-1 in the Dutch first division on Sunday.

NEC Nijmegen beat neighbours Vitesse Arnhem 1-0 and climbed to fourth in their 1,000th match in the first division.

After 14 matches PSV Eindhoven are top with 35 points, following a 3-0 win over NAC Breda on Saturday. AZ Alkmaar beat Heerenveen 2-1 to move second with 32 points.

Feyenoord, held to a 2-2 draw by bottom side RBC Roosendaal, slipped to third on goal difference and host leaders PSV next Sunday.

Ajax, who are eighth 14 points behind PSV, dominated against RKC but two minutes before the break Rick Hoogendorp opened the scoring for the visitors.

In first-half stoppage time, midfielder Hedwiges Maduro nodded in a free kick by Wesley Sneijder, who then gave Ajax the lead three minutes into the second half.

In the final minutes, Markus Rosenberg and Ryan Babel added the third and fourth goals for Ajax, who had scored only two in their previous six matches.

Rutger Worm sealed NEC's 1-0 win in the derby when he beat his marker Ruud Knol and struck from 15 metres.

Groningen beat 10-man Twente Enschede 1-0 with a close range header from Yuri Cornelisse after 71 minutes. Twente were a man short for more than an hour following Blaise N'Kufo's red card after 19 minutes.

Lowly ADO Den Haag also finished with 10 men after Ferry Bodde's dismissal, but took three vital points in Rotterdam with a 3-2 win over Sparta.

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