Defeat to Roda JC last weekend had seen the Amsterdam club fall further off the pace set by leaders PSV Eindhoven and into a tight battle for a place in the top five.
But they responded in stunning fashion against Sparta with goals from Johnny Heitinga (two), Kenneth Perez (two), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rasmus Lindgren moving them up to second in the table, six points behind PSV.
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