(EFE) – Ajax beat VVV-Venlo 0-13 on Saturday away, with five goals from Lassina Traoré, and achieved the largest victory in the history of the Dutch Eredivisie.
The result surpasses the record that Ajax itself had set in May 1972 in the Dutch league, when they beat Vitesse 12-1 at the Amsterdam Arena., now known as Johan Cruyff Arena.
The match went into the break at 0-4, with two goals from Traoré, one from Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, and another from Dusan Tadic near the end of the first half, which sapped the morale of the modest VVV-Venlo, who occupies the half from the table.
However, Hell for the locals came in the second half, especially after central defender Christiaan Kum was sent off. Ajax scored five goals in eleven minutes – Traoré, Antony dos Santos, Ekkelenkamp, Daley Blind and again Traoré – between 54 and 65.
In the last fifteen minutes, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, scored a penalty, then another in a play, then the Argentine Lisandro Martínez and finally Traoré, in a counterattack, punched the net again.
Those from Amsterdam dominated from start to finish at the De Koel stadium with 76% possession of the ball and 45 shots in the entire match, 23 of them in between the three sticks. On the other hand, the locals only reached the goal with three shots and goalkeeper André Onana did not have to intervene in any of them.
Traoré, 19, was the man of the match for both his five goals and three assists.
The Burkina Faso striker signed his first professional contract with Ajax in January 2019 after playing for Burkinabe Rahimo and then moving on to Ajax football school in Cape Town, South Africa.
The 0-13 achieved in Venlo allows Ajax to become provisional leader of the Eredivisie with fifteen points in six gamess, waiting for what PSV Eindhoven does, which with one game less has thirteen points.
Ajax will face Atalanta in the Champions League next Tuesday with the aim of recovering from the defeat suffered on the first day of the top European competition against Liverpool (0-1).