Ajax Amsterdam's captain Matthijs de Ligt holds the champions plate as he celebrates with team mates.(AFP)
Ajax Amsterdam's captain Matthijs de Ligt holds the champions plate as he celebrates with team mates.(AFP)

Ajax win Dutch league title for 34th time after win over De Graafschap

Ajax ended three points clear of PSV Eindhoven, who won 3-1 at home to Heracles Almelo on the last day of the campaign.
By Reuters | Amsterdam
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2019 09:03 AM IST

Ajax Amsterdam clinched the Dutch league title by finishing the season with a 4-1 win at De Graafschap on Wednesday.

They ended three points clear of PSV Eindhoven, who won 3-1 at home to Heracles Almelo on the last day of the campaign.

Ajax’s first title since 2014 and a record-extending 34th overall completed the double after they won the KNVB Cup earlier this month.

Ajax had been neck-and-neck with PSV over the last weeks, but made all but sure of the title on Sunday when they beat Utrecht while defending champions PSV lost.

That allowed Ajax to take a three-point advantage, plus a massive plus 14 goal difference, into Wednesday’s match.

Dusan Tadic scored twice against De Graafschap as Ajax said farewell to key midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is joining Barcelona, and possibly several other players who are in demand following Ajax’s superb run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Ajax ended with 86 points and 119 goals scored in 34 games. PSV collected 83 points to join them in next season’s Champions League.

Feyenoord came third after winning 4-1 at Fortuna Sittard, the last game in charge for their coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

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