A flurry of goals in the second half saw Ajax hammer Feyenoord 4-1 in De Klassieker.

Feyenoord went into the game with only one fit centre-half and Giovanni van Bronckhorst decided to start with Kevin Diks in the defence alongside Jerry St Juste, while Sofyan Amrabat stayed at right-back. Ajax lined up as expected with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and David Neres again preferred to Kasper Dolberg and Justin Kluivert.

The first half was a feisty affair with more yellow cards and clear cut chances. Ajax dominated possession but only got one real chance with Amin Younes getting a sight of goal but only firing straight at Brad Jones. At the other end, Andre Onana got down quickly to deny Nicolai Jorgensen.

Four minutes into the second half, Amrabat’s sloppy pass led to Huntelaar being played in on goal by Neres and the striker brilliantly lashed a strike into the top corner to give Ajax the lead.

Less than ten minutes later Feyenoord got a great chance to equalise when Ridgeciano Haps was brought down in the box by Matthijs de Ligt. However, Onana dove to his left to keep out Jorgensen’s poor penalty. However, moments later, Ajax tried to play the ball out at the back and De Ligt lost possession to Jorgensen in his own area. The Dane then picked out Jens Toornstra to hammer a shot into the top corner to make it 1-1.

The equaliser sprung Feyenoord into life and Jorgensen was denied by an excellent Onana save before Tonny Vilhena hammered a shot into the side-netting. Ajax weathered the storm and with twenty minutes to go, Neres was played through on the left and the Brazilian picked out substitute Kasper Dolberg to stab the visitors back in front.

Feyenoord threw on Michiel Kramer for Kevin Diks in search for an equaliser, but it left them open at the back and Ajax punished them. Substitute Siem de Jong made it 3-1 with a calm finish after being played in by Neres on 89 minutes. Seconds later, a long ball over the top set Dolberg in on goal and the Dane slotted past Jones to complete the victory.

Ajax now move up to second, while it has been a horrible eight days for Feyenoord, who now sit fourth and eight points behind leaders PSV.

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