Ajax wins 2-1 at Go Ahead Eagles thanks to late own goal
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A late own goal gave Ajax a flattering 2-1 win at Go Ahead Eagles Deventer on Sunday, leaving the four-time defending Eredivisie champion 12 points adrift of league leader PSV Eindhoven.
League top scorer Memphis Depay scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season as PSV beat Utrecht 3-1 on Saturday.
In Deventer, winger Anwar El Ghazi gave Ajax the lead in the 24th minute.
Sjoerd Overgoor equalized with a stunning half-volley, only for goalkeeper Mickey van der Hart to miss Wesley Verhoek’s backpass shortly before the final whistle.
Van der Hart, an Ajax player on loan to Go Ahead Eagles, blamed an unpredictable bounce when the ball hit a divot in front of him.
“It is just terribly bad luck and especially that it happened today,” Van der Hart said. “It is bizarre that it happened against my employer, Ajax.”
Ajax coach Frank de Boer acknowledged his team was lucky to take the full three points, but absolved Van der Hart of blame.
“It was a huge divot, he couldn’t do anything about it,” De Boer said of the goalkeeper’s embarrassing miss.
Feyenoord returned to third place in the league by beating Cambuur Leeuwarden 2-1 on Sunday, leapfrogging PEC Zwolle, which was humbled 4-0 at Heerenveen on Saturday.
AZ Alkmaar came from two goals down to beat Groningen 4-2 in Sunday’s last match to go level on points with Feyenoord.