Ajax’s Champions League hopes took a big blow as they were hammered 6-1 at home by Serie A leaders Napoli.

Alfred Schreuder decided to restore Mohammed Kudus, Edson Alvarez, Steven Berghuis and Steven Bergwijn to the starting eleven for the clash against the group leaders.

Ajax hadn’t won in their last three games but they took the lead after nine minutes with Kudus finishing off an excellent pass from Kenneth Taylor. That was the only moment of happiness for the home side.

Napoli equalised in the 18th minute as Giacomo Raspadori got ahead of Daley Blind to head past Remko Pasveer. Giovanni Di Lorenzo then made it 2-1 after towering over Jurrien Timber to head in.

It was 3-1 before the break as Piotr Zielinski got behind the Ajax defence to add another. Schreuder decided not to make any changes at the break and Rasporidi added a fourth a minute into the second half following a mistake from Pasveer.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia added the fifth before Dusan Tadic was sent off after receiving his second yellow card. The night then turned historic as Ajax conceded six goals in Europe for the first time with Giovanni Simeone completing the misery.

Napoli even had chances for further goals before the end but Ajax were spared any more damage. Their Champions League hopes are now hanging by a thread with an away trip to Napoli up next.

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