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Round-up: AZ closing fast on Dutch title

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  • AZ Alkmaar dominating Dutch title race and closing on second Eredivisie crown
  • Nearest challengers Twente Enschede and Ajax Amsterdam well adrift
  • Rangers cut gap on Celtic to just one point in Scottish title race
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(CNN) -- AZ Alkmaar are closing fast on their first Dutch title since 1981 after a 1-0 win over NAC Breda to take them to 76 points after 30 rounds.

Belgium striker Moussa Dembele gave them victory with a superb individual goal in the 70th minute.

Steve McLaren's second-placed Twente Enschede trail by 14 points heading into their 30th match of the season at home to Roda JC with Dutch giants Ajax a further point adrift.

With four matches remaining after this weekend's round of matches, a point dropped by either will mean AZ claim only their second Eredivisie title.

Coach Louis van Gaal won four titles with Ajax and also helped Barcelona to a pair of Spanish Primera titles.

Alkmaar host Vitesse Arnhem next weekend in what his likely to be a title celebration after dominating all season.

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The Scottish title race is much closer as Rangers cut the gap on arch Glasgow rivals Celtic with a 3-1 home win over Motherwell on Saturday.

Leaders Celtic were held 1-1 by third-placed Hearts earlier in the day.

Andrius Velicka and prolific striker Kris Boyd put Rangers 2-0 up inside 10 minutes.

John Sutton pulled one back for Motherwell but Boyd scored the clinching third for his 28th of the season.

Dutch star Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink put Celtic ahead inside 30 seconds, but Hearts hit back through a superb Bruno Aguiar strike just after the half hour mark.

In other matches, Aberdeen moved closer to Hearts in the battle for third with a 1-0 victory over Inverness while Dundee United won 1-0 at Hamilton and Kilmarnock thrashed Falkirk 3-0.

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