PSV retain Dutch title after draw
Hiddink has led his young PSV side to an unexpected Dutch league title.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- PSV Eindhoven have retained their Dutch league title, after a 1-1 draw at home to Groningen moved them onto 80 points with two games left to play.
Second-placed AZ Alkmaar lost 1-0 at fifth-placed Ajax and remain on 70 points, unable to catch the leaders.
PSV coach Guus Hiddink, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, said: "This is a beautiful championship, especially because nobody, including ourselves, considered us candidates for the title.
"If I consider how my team has played this season, I have to pay my respects to them," he added.
PSV made a struggling start against Groningen, who are still chasing a playoff spot, and went 1-0 behind when Erik Nevland struck four minutes before the interval.
But top scorer Jefferson Farfan lifted his total to 19 for the season when DaMarcus Beasley set him up 90 seconds into the second half to level.
Nourdin Boukhari sealed Ajax's win against Alkmaar when he netted a cross from Hatem Trabelsi after 33 minutes.
Ajax remain fifth with 54 points, one behind fourth placed Utrecht, who were beaten 1-0 by Vitesse Arnhem.
Teams finishing second to fifth go to a post-season playoff for a Champions League third qualifying round spot and two UEFA Cup berths.
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