Defending champions Ajax kept up the pressure at the top of the Dutch league on Saturday (December 8) with a 2-0 home win
over Groningen. Before the kickoff there was an impeccably observed minute of silence for linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen who died following an incident during a youth competition earlier this week.
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SHOWS: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (DECEMBER 8, 2012) (IMG - SEE ABOVE FOR RESTRICTIONS) AJAX (RED AND WHITE) V GRONINGEN 1. PLAYERS STANDING ON CENTRE CIRCLE FOR MINUTE SILENCE IN MEMORY OF LINESMAN RICHARD NIEUWENHUIZEN 2. AJAX PLAYERS WEARING BLACK ARMBANDS 3. GIANT SCREEN WITH PHOTO OF NIEUWENHUIZEN 4. BANNER IN THE CROWD READING: "THE LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED. STOP VIOLENCE ON THE FIELD." 5. FAN IN TEARS DURING MINUTE SILENCE 6. SLOWMOTION OF VIRGIL VAN DIJK (4) BRINGING DOWN DERK BOERRIGTER (21) FOR A PENALTY 7. SIEM DE JONG TAKES THE PENALTY BUT GOALKEEPER LUCIANO DA SILVA DIVES TO HIS LEFT TO SAVE AND DE JONG BLAST THE REBOUND OVER THE BAR 8. REPLAY OF PENALTY SAVE 9. AJAX COACH FRANK DE BOER 10. AJAX GOAL: DALEY BLIND CROSSES FROM THE LEFT, BOERRIGTER SPINS AWAY FROM HIS MARKER AND SHOOTS RIGHT FOOTED PAST DA SILVA: 1-0 11. SIDE ANGLE REPLAY OF GOAL SECOND HALF 12. RICARDO VAN RHIJN HITS THE BAR WITH A LEFT FOOTED SHOT, DEFENDER KEES KWAKMAN PULLS BACK DE JONG AS HE RUNS INTO THE AREA, REFEREE RICHARD LIESVELD AWARDS A PENALTY 13. SIDE ANGLE REPLAY OF FOUL 14. AJAX GOAL: LASSE SCHÃ˜NE SCORES FROM THE PENALTY WITH A LOW SHOT INTO THE 'KEEPER'S LEFT HAND CORNER: 2-0 15. JODY LUKOKI RUNS BETWEEN TWO DEFENDERS AND HITS THE BAR FROM A NARROW ANGLE 16. AJAX'S TEENAGED DEBUTANT LUCAS ANDERSEN HITS THE POST WITH A LOW CURLING SHOT 17. DE JONG AND SCHÃ˜NE TALKING AFTER THE FINAL WHISTLE 18. AJAX FANS APPLAUDING STORY: Defending champions Ajax kept up the pressure at the top of the Dutch league on Saturday (December 8) with a 2-0 home win over Groningen. Before the kickoff there was an impeccably observed minute of silence for linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen who died following an incident during a youth competition earlier this week. Nieuwenhuizen, 41, was officiating for the Buitenboys under-17 team, for whom his son plays. Three teenaged players, two aged 15 and one 16, will be charged with manslaughter, assault or public violence over the death, according to Dutch prosecutors. Ajax were awarded a penalty in the 13th minute when Virgil van Dijk brought down Derk Boerrigter but Siem de Jong's spot kick was well saved by the visiting goalkeeper Luciano da Silva, Boerrigter blasting his second attempt from the rebound high over the bar, The hosts found it hard going against a committed Groningen but three minutes before halftime they took the lead when Boerrigter spun away from his marker to convert from a Daley Blind cross. Ajax got another penalty after 51 minutes when Ricardo van Rhijn hit the bar with a swerving left footer from outside the area and Kees Kwakman pulled back de Jong as he attempted to capitalise on the rebound. Denmark's Lasse SchÃ¸ne made no mistake from the spot kick, sending the 'keeper the wrong way to make it 2-0. In the dying minutes Jody Lukoki's brilliant burst between two defenders ended with his shot bouncing to safety off the bar and there was almost a dream debut for teenaged substitute Lucas Andersen whose carefully placed shot came back off the post. The result leaves Ajax fourth, a point behind leaders Twente Enschede who play on Sunday at third placed PSV Eindhoven while second placed Vitesse Arnhem are at VVV-Venlo, also on Sunday. Leading standings before Sunday's matches: P W D L F A Pts 1 Twente Enschede 15 10 4 1 29 9 34 2 Vitesse Arnhem 15 10 4 1 30 11 34 3 PSV Eindhoven 15 11 0 4 50 16 33 4 Ajax Amsterdam 16 9 6 1 38 18 33 5 Feyenoord 15 9 3 3 30 18 30