European Football: Sparta crushed by Ajax

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DENNIS BERGKAMP found the net twice yesterday as Ajax established themselves as the form team of the moment in the Netherlands, writes Rupert Metcalf. The Amsterdam club crushed Sparta Rotterdam 6-0, taking their goal tally to 20 in their last four games. Marciano Vink also scored twice, while the twin brothers, Frank and Ronald de Boer, each hit one.

Bergkamp, the much-coveted Dutch international striker, denied speculation that he had decided to join Juventus in preference to Milan next season. 'I still need some more time. To force a decision would be the wrong thing to do,' he said. Sources within Milan have suggested that Bergkamp will not be joining the Italian champions because they are unable to guarantee him a first-team place.

PSV Eindhoven restored some credibility after two consecutive defeats with a 1-0 win at Cambuur Leeuwarden, Wim Kieft scoring the only goal in the first half. The champions lead by one point from Feyenoord, who were held 0-0 at home by Utrecht. MVV Maastricht are third, two points behind PSV, after Roberto Lanckohr's goal saw off SVV Dordrecht. Ajax, with games in hand, are fourth.

Monaco still lead the way in France after a 0-0 draw at Montpellier, but Marseille are in close attendance, just one point adrift, thanks to their 6-1 thrashing of Nimes. Rudi Voller and Franck Sauzee each scored twice.

In the Spanish title quest, Barcelona lost ground to Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid. The Catalan side have collected just four points from their last five games, and yesterday they needed a second-half strike from Juan Goicoechea to secure a 1-1 home draw with Tenerife. Deportivo beat Seville 2- 0 and Real Madrid won 2-1 at Burgos, thanks to two goals from Rafael Martin Vazquez. The Galicians still lead by two points from Real, with the champions a further two points adrift.