Ajax thrashed VVV-Venlo 13-0
Ajax thrashed VVV-Venlo 13-0 Image Credit: AFP

Amsterdam: Ajax routed VVV-Venlo 13-0 on Saturday for the biggest victory in Dutch league history.

All the goals came within 66 minutes as the margin of success eclipsed Ajax’s 12-1 victory over Vitesse in 1972 in the Eredivisie.

Lassina Traore scored five times - the first Ajax player to do so in a league game since Marco van Basten in 1985 - and the 19-year-old forward also had three assists.

There were doubles Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, who netted the 12th-minute opener, and substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, whose penalty and second goal came within two minutes.

The record 13th goal by the Dutch champions came from Lisandro Martinez in the 78th.

It fell a goal short of matching the club’s record 14-0 win over Luxembourg Red Boys Differdange in 1984 in the now-defunct Uefa Cup.

Ajax were leading 4-0 when hosts Venlo had Christian Kum sent off in the 52nd minute.