By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax revived their faltering title challenge with a 5-0 thrashing of De Graafschap.Ajax revived their faltering title challenge with a stunning second half display to crush De Graafschap 5-0 away from home.
The reigning champions have been left trailing in PSV Eindhoven's wake this season but they hit top form against the Eredivisie's bottom club.
After a scoreless first half, Julien Escude broke the deadlock on 47 minutes and his goal was quickly added to by Mauro Rosales.
French defender Escude notched his second of the game on 65 minutes and two minutes later Ryan Babel extended the advantage.
Ronald Koeman's side went nap in the 72nd minute when Tomas Galasek rounded off the emphatic victory with a fifth goal.
AZ Alkmaar strengthened their grip on second spot in the table with a comfortable 3-0 home triumph over RKC Waalwijk.
Denny Landzaat set AZ on their way on 16 minutes and Barry van Galen added to the tally in the 50th minute.
To put a gloss on the scoreline, Stein Huysegems popped up in the 90th minute to notch AZ's third of the game.
Heerenveen lie just two points behind Ajax after they came from behind to win 3-1 at RBC Roosendaal.
Edwin de Graaf put RBC in front on 16 minutes but Daniel Berg Hestad's 27th minute effort ensured the scores were level at the break.
Berg Hestad put the visitors ahead four minutes after the interval and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's 54th minute goal put the game to bed.