Reacting after a Champions League defeat is not always easy. There are clubs that dive the following weekend, unable to raise their heads in their league. And then there’s Ajax Amsterdam. Three days after losing to Liverpool (1-0), Erik Ten Hag’s players responded very well by defeating VVV Venlo. Finally, talking about hitting is not even strong enough when the final score is 13-0.
It would be better to evoke humiliation or a monumental beating, to stay in polite language. According to the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, this is simply the biggest victory in the history of Eredivisie.
Five goals for Lassina Traoré
In the south of the Netherlands, facing a formation reduced to ten at the start of the second half, Ajax won with a quintuple of Burkinabe international Lassina Traoré (not to be confused with former Monaco and Amiens player Lacina Traoré). Although he had not yet scored this season, the 19-year-old striker unlocked the counterattack with his manner.
Proof that he is not only a top scorer, he also distilled three assists. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (doubled), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (doubled), Dusan Tadic, Antony, Daley Blind and Lisandro Martinez also scored. Taking advantage of this success, Ajax temporarily take charge of Eredivisie with two points ahead of PSV Eindhoven, who will travel to Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday (14:30).
André Onana and his teammates try to pass this Tuesday against Atalanta Bergamo, on the second day of the group stage of the Champions League (at RMC Sport). Venlo remains at his side in 10th place (out of 18 teams), and can be proud of having a lot of humor. At least your community manager. From 9 to 0, he broke free on Twitter, commenting on each new Ajax goal with a gif. Not resentful.