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Ajax beats Zwolle 2-0 to stay 3 points ahead of 2nd-place Feyenoord in Dutch Eredivisie


AMSTERDAM — Ajax protected its three-point lead at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie by beating PEC Zwolle 2-0 Sunday.

Frank de Boer's team has struggled against Zwolle in recent meetings, including a 5-1 humiliation in the 2014 Dutch cup final. But it was Zwolle that had trouble containing a rampant Ajax before the break, with only profligacy in front of goal keeping the score even.

squandered good chances in a first half in which only found the net. The Germany youth international broke the deadlock in the 37th minute by converting ' cross at the far post.

Substitute completed the victory four minutes from the end.

"It's a shame we weren't four or five ahead at halftime," said De Boer.

Second-place Feyenoord beat local rival Excelsior 4-2 in a Rotterdam derby Saturday thanks to an early strike from captain and a hat trick by striker .

scored twice before the break as PSV beat AZ Alkmaar 3-0 Sunday to stay third.

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