Ajax dropped points in the Eredivisie for the first time in three months as they were held 1-1 by FC Utrecht.
Ajax dropped points in the Eredivisie for the first time in three months on Sunday as they were held 1-1 by FC Utrecht.
Daley Blind opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a long-range effort, but less than 10 minutes later Steve De Ridder raced clear to slot home an equaliser for Utrecht, with Ajax appeals for a foul in the build-up waved away.
The result means Ajax failed to put any real distance between themselves and Vitesse Arnhem, two points back after their 1-1 draw with Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Saturday.
FC Twente moved up to third, four points from the summit, with a 3-1 victory over FC Cambuur, but only after trailing at half-time.
Ramon Leeuwin put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the 25th minute after Rasmus Bengtsson fouled Bartholomew Ogbeche.
But Twente hit back after the break, with Luc Castaignos levelling before substitute Shadrach Eghan put them ahead on the hour mark, just seconds after entering the fray.
Bengtsson then had the final word in the 79th minute.
PSV Eindhoven lost further ground on the battle at the top as they lost 2-0 at RKC Waalwijk, where Evander Sno scored a second-half brace.
Sno scored in the 54th and final minutes of a match which left PSV languishing in seventh, 15 points from the summit.
Towards the other end of the table, struggling NEC Nijmegen were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Go Ahead Eagles.
Michael Higdon put NEC ahead after just five minutes, but Deniz Turuc levelled before the hour mark.