Huntelaar leveller saves Ajax from AZ loss

December 9, 2006

AMSTERDAM, Dec 10 (Reuters) - A late header from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar salvaged a point for Ajax Amsterdam in a 2-2 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch first division on Sunday.

John Heitinga opened the scoring for Ajax 10 minutes before the interval but Alkmaar struck twice early in the second half to go ahead.

Former Ajax striker Shota Arveladze equalised and seven minutes later David Mendes da Silva added a second on the rebound after goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg failed to control a long-distance shot.

PSV Eindhoven remain on top with 43 points after 16 matches following their 2-0 win at Groningen on Saturday. Alkmaar are second with 36 points, one above Ajax.

Feyenoord beat basement club ADO Den Haag 3-1 to remain fifth with 32 points, level on points with fourth-placed Twente Enschede who beat Willem II Tilburg 3-1 with a hat-trick from Blaise N'Kufo.

ADO had a good first half but fell behind nine minutes after the break when Nick Hofs scored, while Jonathan de Guzman doubled the lead two minutes later with a well placed header.

Angelos Charisteas sealed the win from the penalty spot and Santi Kolk pulled one back in the final minute to give the visitors some consolation.

In other action on Sunday, Vitesse Arnhem came from behind to beat strugglers RKC Waalwijk 3-1 at home.

Jordan Remacle opened the scoring for the visitors after 17 minutes, but Danko Lazovic and Mads Junker scored midway through the first half to turn the tide. Youssouf Hersi settled the match in the second half just before Vitesse captain Theo Janssen was dismissed for kicking.