Eredivisie: Ajax and PSV share the points in thriller

November 11, 2007

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Arch-rivals Feyenoord and Ajax Amsterdam shared the points in a compelling 2-2 draw to leave Ajax top of the Dutch league on Sunday.

Ajax, with 25 points from 11 matches, are still ahead of Feyenoord on goal difference. PSV Eindhoven, who could have overtaken the pair, are third a point behind after being held 1-1 at home by AZ Alkmaar.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst opened the scoring for Feyenoord after 27 minutes when he netted a fine combination between Luigi Bruins and Roy Makaay.

Dennis Rommedahl equalised early in second half with a well placed shot and midway through the half Siem de Jong put Ajax ahead after the Rotterdam defence failed to clear the ball.

After George Ogararu had pulled out injured leaving Ajax a man short since they had already made three substitutions, a 74th-minute penalty gave Feyenoord the opportunity to level the match.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saved the penalty from Theo Lucius but Jonathan de Guzman netted the rebound.

In Eindhoven, Alkmaar took the lead nine minutes before the interval when Brazilian Ari netted a pass by Moussa Dembele.

Peru striker Jefferson Farfan curled a free kick around the wall after 58 minutes to earn PSV a point.

U.S. international Michael Bradley scored five minutes into the second half to earn fourth-placed Heerenveen, now on 20 points, a 1-0 win at Vitesse Arnhem.

Heerenveen finished with 10 men after a straight red card for top scorer Afonso Alves for hitting Remco van der Schaaf on the stroke of halftime.

Roda JC Kerkrade thrashed Groningen 5-1 to move into sixth with 18 points with Andres Oper scoring twice.