VENLO, Netherlands, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam stayed a point clear at the top of the Dutch league on Sunday after Feyenoord were held to a goalless draw at lowly VVV Venlo.
Feyenoord wasted some good chances when Andre Bahia's header hit the crossbar and an unmarked Leroy Fer missed the target from 10 metres.
Ajax, who won 3-2 at Willem II Tilburg on Saturday, have 31 points from 14 matches. PSV Eindhoven, who lost 4-2 against Roda JC Kerkrade on Friday, are on 30 points and Feyenoord remain third with 29.
Heerenveen moved into fourth place, on 26 points, after a 4-2 home victory over Groningen with all six goals scored before the interval.
Groningen's Goran Lovre opened the scoring with an own goal in the second minute and Michael Bradley doubled the lead five minutes later.
Norwegian Erik Nevland made it 2-2 with two goals in five minutes but Bradley put Heerenveen back in front after 22 minutes and completed his hat-trick in the 41st to seal victory.
AZ Alkmaar beat Utrecht 2-1 to climb to eighth spot with 21 points.
Sebastian Pocognoli made it 1-0 to the home side after 18 minutes when he netted a rebound and six minutes later Demy de Zeeuw doubled the lead. Sander Keller grabbed a consolation goal for Utrecht in injury time.
Yuri Rose struck seven minutes before halftime to inspire bottom side Sparta Rotterdam to a 1-0 home win over NEC Nijmegen, their first win of the season.