Anwar El Ghazi scored the winner that gave Ajax the victory over Excelsior in the Eredivisie, while Utrecht smashed AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord rose into third.
This weekend in the Eredivisie, Ajax left it late to secure a 1-0 win over Excelsior.
The game at the Amsterdam ArenA looked set to be another frustrating game in a quite under-achieving campaign for Frank de Boer’s and his squad.
But Anwar El Ghazi headed an 82nd-minute winner to move 2nd place Ajax 11 points behind distant leaders PSV Eindhoven.
Utrecht were Sunday’s big winners with a smashing 6-2 triumph over AZ.
The side that are looking for UEFA Europa League qualification as their seasons were blown away during the opening stages as Willem Janssen and Mark Diemers found the net before Sebastien Haller scored from the spot and made it 3-0 to Utrecht with only 17 minutes on the clock.
Haller found the net from 12 yards again before Aron Johannsson reduced the deficit and a Kristoffer Peterson own goal in the 83rd minute made it 5-1.
Utrecht’s Gevero Markiet was the next man put the ball beyond his own ‘keeper, but the hosts had the last word as Edouard Duplan grabbed a goal in the dying minutes of the game.
Feyenoord saw themselves move up to third place at AZ’s expense thanks to a 3-0 comfortable win over NAC Breda.
The team managed by Fred Rutten took an early lead through Lex Immers, whose goal was the first to be confirmed by the HawkEye goalline technology system in the Eredivisie, in the 10th minute.
Mitchell Te Vrede bagged a brace in the 2nd half for the hosts to secure second-bottom NAC’s fate.
Elsewhere, Albert Rusnak and Tiaronn Chery scored to give Groningen a 2-0 win over basement boys Dordrecht.