FC Utrecht v Ajax Amsterdam: Preview

Ajax turned on the style to strike what could be a telling blow in this season`s title race by beating PSV Eindhoven at the Amsterdam ArenA.
The two sides went into the game four and five points behind leaders AZ Alkmaar respectively and, by the time the full-time whistle had been blown, the Amsterdammers had shaken clear of their opponents to open up a gap between the top two and the rest.
The two goals came inside seven second-half minutes, with Ismail Aissati opening the scoring (56) and Siem de Jong adding a penalty.
Just the one goal would have done it, though, with PSV failing to register a meaningful attack all afternoon.
That was true of both sides in a sterile opening half which Ajax dominated but failed to score in.
They bossed possession - recording 69% of it at one stage - but only fashioned a chance after 40 minutes when Aissati`s shot was well saved by Przemyslaw Tyton.
That at least woke everyone up and, a minute before the break, Tyton kept out Jan Vertonghen`s effort.
The second half started in a far livelier fashion, with Ajax going close twice through Tim Matavz and Christian Eriksen.
The impressive Eriksen then curled an effort at goal that drifted just wide, before the goal Ajax had started to threaten arrived with 56 minutes gone.
There was little Tyton could do about it either, as Aissati took aim from 20 yards and pinned his effort to the top right corner of the goal.
One quickly became two and De Jong did the business from the spot after the excellent Aissati had been hacked down by Marcelo.
With the game wrapped up, Ajax kicked back and stroked the ball around for the remaining 30 minutes, toying with their opponents and sending out a stark warning to AZ in the process.