AZ Alkmaar climbed back up to second in the Eredivisie with a 3-0 home win over Sparta Rotterdam.
Sparta are struggling towards the foot of the table and they proved no match for Louis van Gaal's AZ.
Shota Arveladze opened the scoring with a fine volley on 22 minutes, but Sparta contributed to their own downfall as Steve Olfers put through his own goal a minute after the break.
AZ were rarely threatened and a third from Maarten Martens completed the scoring.
A Hans Somers goal just before the interval was enough to hand Utrecht three points against Excelsior.
NEC Nijmegen were 2-1 winners over NAC Breda, with goals from Brett Holman and Roman Denneboom enough to see off the visitors who grabbed a consolation through Sander van Gessel.
The clash between Willem II and Vitesse Arnhem ended goalless.