Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus scored the only goal as Ajax defeated NEC Nijmegen 1-0 in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Sunday.
With AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven all winning earlier in the weekend, Ajax needed three points to ensure their title challenge remained on track.
Steven Berghuis nearly got Ajax off to a perfect start in the fifth minute but his strike bounced off the crossbar. Steven Bergwijn was then denied by Jasper Cillessen.
Seven minutes into the second half, Ajax broke the deadlock as Dusan Tadic crossed for Kudus to convert from close range – his 10th goal in the league and 17th in all competitions so far. Watch goal:
Magnus Mattsson got a good chance for NEC but he could not trouble Gerónimo Rulli in the Ajax goal. At the other end, Ajax had plenty of possession but did not manage a second goal.
The win means Ajax remains second and three points behind Feyenoord. NEC is in 10th.