Sunday, April 22, 2007

Not So Fast PSV

The most dramatic finish in European (thus far) is in Holland as the Eredivisie goes into it's last weekend with three teams tied for first place. AZ Alkmaar are in pole position to claim their first Dutch title since the 1980/81 season after a dramatic day in the penultimate round of Eredivisie fixtures.

PSV Eindhoven had been top since mid-November, but a 1-1 draw today against FC Utrecht dropped them below both AZ and Ajax on goal difference. The dropped points allowed AZ and AFC Ajax, who both won, to join PSV on 72 points but move ahead in the standings because of their superior goal difference.

Going into the last weekend, AZ leads on goal difference with +53, followed by Ajax on +47 and PSV on +46. In their final games, AZ are away to struggling SC Excelsior and Ajax go to Willem II, another relegation-threatened side, while PSV will welcome BV Vitesse, who are assured of their top-flight place.

Only the league winners are guaranteed a place in the Champions League group-stage next season. The system in the Netherlands calls for the sides finishing second, third, fourth, and fifth to play off for a spot in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

At the moment, the only match scheduled to be shown in the U.S. is PSV v. Vitesse. It'll be on Spanish-language Telemundo next Sunday at 1pm ET (tape delay).

AZ move into top spot with one game to go []


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