AZ hopes hit by PSV strike

Thriller ... PSV Eindhoven's Tim Matavz (right) strikes late (Getty Images)

PSV Eindhoven kept alive its faint Eredivisie title hopes and seriously dented the aspirations of AZ as Tim Matavz struck deep into stoppage-time to seal a thrilling 3-2 win at Philips Stadion.

The match appeared to be heading for a draw after goals by Jozy Altidore (24) and Roy Beerens (34) for AZ had been cancelled out by a brace from Jeremain Lens (17 and 77), but Matavz sealed all the points when he turned the ball home after Esteban Alvarado flapped at Lens' late cross.

AZ, which remains second in the standings, is now just a point ahead of fifth-placed PSV.

AZ trails leader Ajax by three points but that is likely to extend to six when the Amsterdam ides hosts lowly De Graafschap on Sunday afternoon (local time).

Feyenoord moved into third place and pulled level on points with AZ with a routine 3-0 win over Excelsior at De Kuip.

Prolific on-loan striker John Guidetti's goal after eight minutes gave it a half-time lead and Jordy Clasie (49) and Jerson Cabral (58) ensured victory before the hour mark.

An injury-time goal by Nourdin Boukhari saw fourth-placed FC Twente miss the chance to close the gap on Ajax as it had to settle for a 2-2 draw with NAC Breda.

Alex Schalk put the visitor ahead 11 minutes into the second half before two goals in two minutes from Luuk de Jong (61 and 63) appeared to have guided Steve McClaren's side to victory.

However, Boukhari struck at the death as Twente dropped to fourth after Feyenoord's victory and it is now four points behind Ajax.

Bas Dost made it 24 goals in 13 games with a hat-trick as Heerenveen came from 2-0 to win 4-2 at NEC Nijmegen.

The home side had led with two goals from Genero Zeefuik (13 and 42) but Dost netted after 66, 71 and 80 minutes before Oussama Assaidi made sure of the points with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage-time.