With an impressive show of strength, Ajax posted its biggest win of the season to date on Saturday evening. NAC Breda was reduced to a mere pawn on its home turf, losing 0-8 to the visitors. Donny van de Beek was the most productive, with 3 goals. Matthijs de Ligt (2), David Neres, Lasse Schöne and Klaas Jan Huntelaar also scored.
With this win, Ajax reduced its gap against leader PSV to 5 points. The Eindhoven team will play on Sunday at PEC Zwolle, currently number 3 in the Eredivisie. Perhaps John van’t Schip’s team will be able to help their coach’s former team out.
De Ligt opens scoring fest
Compared to the loss at home at the hands of FC Utrecht, Marcel Keizer had made several changes. The one at left wing was driven by necessity. Justin Kluivert replaced the still-injured Amin Younes. Also, Daley Sinkgraven got the nod at left back, at the expense of Max Wöber. Siem de Jong was also forced to relinquish his spot to Van de Beek.
De Ligt’s opening goal after just 10 minutes was the catalyst of a true goal-fest. Ajax seemed to be in a playground, as the combinations flowed easily and were plentiful. After just half an hour, the team was enjoying a 5-goal lead!
One for the books
On a pass from Kluivert, Van de Beek scored the 0-2 goal. For the next 2 goals, scored by Van de Beek and Neres, good fortune was on hand again. De Ligt’s 0-5 goal (once again, in a standard situation) was one for the books.
After the break, NAC kept its goal clean for about 20 minutes. But if the home team thought that it would escape the second half unscathed, it was sorely mistaken. Via goals by Schöne (penalty), Huntelaar (header) and Van de Beek (his 3rd), Ajax increased its lead to 0-8. A double-digit final score might have been possible, but it didn’t come to that. But the Amsterdam team’s pleasure was none the less for it.