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By ESPN Staff
Apr 1, 2006

PSV close on title as RBC go down

AMSTERDAM, April 1 (Reuters) - PSV Eindhoven moved to the brink of winning the Dutch title for a second successive year with a 2-1 victory at bottom club RBC Roosendaal on Saturday.

PSV will be crowned champions if AZ Alkmaar fail to beat visitors NAC Breda in their first division match on Sunday.

Second-half goals by Ibrahim Afellay and Alex sealed victory for PSV and sent RBC straight back to the second division.

The home side, who have just nine points from 31 matches, had taken a surprise lead after 30 minutes through Ebou Sillah.

However, Afellay equalised on the hour with a deflected shot and seven minutes later Alex hammered home from a free kick.

With three matches left PSV are top with 79 points and even if Alkmaar, who have 67, win their next game the leaders would need only one more point to clinch their 19th title.

Elsewhere, NEC Nijmegen booked a crucial 4-1 home win over 10-man Heerenveen as the teams battled for a UEFA Cup place.

The defeat left Heerenveen sixth with 49 points, three above NEC, who climbed to eight.

Lasse Nilsson opened the scoring for the visitors but on the stroke of halftime Andrzej Niedzielan equalised.

Midway through the second half Patrick Pothuizen converted a penalty after Marcel Seip's dismissal for a foul.

Romano Denneboom and Giulliano Grot added two more goals in the final 20 minutes.

On Friday fourth-placed Utrecht beat RKC Waalwijk 3-1 to consolidate their place in a UEFA Cup qualifying spot.

The Dutch Cup winners and the teams finishing third, fourth and fifth in the league go into the competition.