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Round-up: AZ Alkmaar clinch Dutch title

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  • AZ Alkmaar win first Dutch title in 28 years as Ajax lose 6-2 at PSV
  • Alkmaar were beaten 2-1 at home by Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday
  • Rangers stay one point behind Celtic in Scottish title race
  • Marseille remain two points clear of Bordeaux in French standings
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(CNN) -- AZ Alkmaar were crowned Dutch champions for the first time since 1981 after Ajax were thrashed 6-2 at PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.

AZ had wasted the chance to clinch the Eredivisie title in front of their home fans when they lost 2-1 to Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday, but it proved academic.

PSV, who are battling to finish fourth in a poor season by their own high standards, found their form against their old rivals.

Edison Mendez gave PSV the lead in the 22nd minute before Ibrahim Afellay doubled the lead just after the half hour mark.

Nordin Amrabat got the third in the 41st minute before Luis Suarez pulled one back for Ajax just before half-time.

Jason Culina, Balazs Dzsudzsak and Otman Bakkal added further goals for the rampant home side in the second half with Miralem Sulejmani scoring a consolation for Ajax.

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Ajax's defeat leaves AZ with an unassailable 11-point lead over second-placed Twente Enschede with only three games to play. Ajax are a further point adrift in third and still chasing their first Dutch title after five barren seasons.

In the Scottish title race, Rangers kept close order with Celtic after beating Hibernian 3-2.

Rangers took the lead in the second minute at Easter Road as Steven Whittaker scored. Steven Fletcher equalized in the 34th, but goals by Andrius Velicka and Maurice Edu put Rangers in command.

John Rankin scored a second for Hibs to set up a tense finish, but Rangers held on for the victory and moved to 73 points, one behind reigning champions Celtic, who beat Aberdeen 2-0 on Saturday.

Marseille stayed in control in the French title race with a 2-1 win at Lorient on Sunday.

Kevin Gameiro put Lorient ahead Renato Civelli and Brazilian striker Brandao scored for the leaders in the second half.

They are two clear of Bordeaux, who beat defending champions Lyon 1-0 later in the day.

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