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A BRACE of goals from Nikos Machlas and a strike from Shota Arveladze gave Ajax an easy win over RKC Waalwijk on Thursday night.

In the newly relaid Amsterdam ArenA, Machlas took only eight minutes to celebrate becoming a father at the weekend by grabbing the opener.

Waalwijk could not manage to break Ajax down, despite the home side losing Cristian Chivu with a knee injury on the half hour, and Machlas struck again seven minutes after the break to double the lead.

Arveladze (pictured) sealed the win in the 87th minute, which takes Ajax to within three points of third-placed PSV Eindhoven.