Vitesse maintains play-off push

Comfortable win ... Vitesse Arnhem players celebrate their opener (Getty Images)

Vitesse Arnhem consolidated its bid for a place in the end-of-season UEFA Europa League qualifying play-offs with a comfortable 3-1 win at relegation-threatened VVV-Venlo.

Alexander Buttner and Wilfried Bony gave the visitor a comfortable half-time advantage and although Yannick Wildschut reduced the deficit early in the second half, Nicky Hofs completed the victory in added time.

ADO Den Haag moved seven points clear of the Eredivisie relegation zone with a 3-0 win over Groningen.

Charlton Vicento opened the scoring on 38 minutes, Kenneth Omeruo doubled the advantage just before the hour mark and Ebi Smolarek completed a superb evening for the home side 11 minutes from time.

Michael de Leeuw's second-half double helped De Graafschap scramble off the bottom of the table with a convincing 3-0 win over Utrecht.

Rydell Poepon opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and De Leeuw sealed the win with goals in the 62nd and 88th minutes.

De Graafschap's win leaves Excelsior bottom of the table and in the automatic relegation place, with De Graafschap and VVV-Venlo in the relegation play-off places.