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Ajax win third straight Eredivisie title

AP, AMSTERDAM

Ajax fans celebrate at the Amsterdam Arena after their team won the Eredivsie title yesterday.

Photo: EPA

Ajax won their third straight Dutch league championship in style yesterday, trouncing Willem II Tilburg 5-0 with goals from five different players.

It was Ajax’s 32nd Eredivisie title and guarantees the Amsterdam club a spot in the Champions League next season.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson headed in the first goal in the 12th minute and, when Christian Eriksen scored the second before halftime, fans began to celebrate in the stands, singing “stand for the champion.”

The onslaught continued in the second half, with goals from Viktor Fischer, captain Siem de Jong and Danny Hoesen to complete the rout.

“We felt the pressure of the championship today, we played very nervously in the beginning,” De Jong said. “I’m glad we finished the game the way we did.”

The loss means Tilburg will be relegated.

“We deserve to be champions,” Ajax coach Frank de Boer said. “I think that we were the most consistent and showed we play the best football.”

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