12.05.2019 20:35 h

Ajax ease European pain by sweeping to verge of Dutch title

Ajax shook off their midweek Champions League heartbreak and recovered from falling behind to a first-minute goal on Sunday to beat Utrecht 4-1 and move to the brink of the Dutch title.

Othman Boussaid stunned the hosts, who were denied a place in the Champions League final on Wednesday by a 96th-minute goal, when he fired Utrecht ahead after just 36 seconds at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised for Ajax on 15 minutes before Donny van de Beek put the Amsterdam giants 2-1 ahead in first-half stoppage time.

Dusan Tadic sealed the win with two late goals, the second from the penalty spot, to push Ajax to the brink of a record 34th league title, the club's first since 2014.

Erik ten Hag's side are three points clear of PSV Eindhoven and have a far superior goal difference ahead of the final round of games after the defending champions lost 1-0 at AZ Alkmaar.

Ajax round out the season with a trip to second-bottom De Graafschap on Wednesday while PSV host Heracles.

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