Ajax put their defeat to Liverpool behind them by hammering VVV-Venlo 13-0 in a record-breaking victory.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag welcomed back Antony to the starting line-up after the forward missed the loss to Liverpool. Lassina Traore, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, and Sean Klaiber all came into the starting eleven.

Ryan Gravenberch hit the post with an early header, but Ajax only had to wait until the 12th minute to score. Ekkelenkamp got the final touch.

Five minutes later, Antony crossed for Traore to easily head in a second from close range. In the 31st minute, Traore got his second with a tap-in after good work from Dusan Tadic and Nicolas Tagliafico.

Ajax continued to pour forward at will and a fourth goal was added before the break with Tadic finding the bottom corner.

VVV’s afternoon went from bad to worse in the 52nd minute when Christian Kum was sent off for a bad challenge on Antony. From that point, Ajax run riot, scoring four goals in the space of six minutes.

Traore completed his hat-trick in the 54th minute after a blunder by VVV goalkeeper Delano van Crooy. Antony made it 6-0 before Ekkelenkamp got his second, and then Daley Blind got the eighth in the 60th minute.

Traore got the ninth before substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar made it ten with a penalty following a foul on Sean Klaiber. Huntelaar then made it eleven and Lisandro Martinez got the 12th with a strike from distance.

The previous record win was Ajax’s 12-1 win over Vitesse back in 1972, but Traore then got his fifth and Ajax’s 13th in the 87th minute to break the record.

An outstanding win for Ajax ahead of their Champions League clash with Atalanta on Tuesday. They go above PSV to the top of the table, while its a day to forget for the hopeless VVV.

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