13 for Ajax, 3-1 for Madrid
Ajax broke a 38-year old Eredivisie record set by their own club after smashing VVV-Venlo 13-0.
The record was set in 1972 in a 12-1 win over Vitesse. This was also the biggest margin of defeat for the losing side.
The biggest loss previously was 10-1 occurring in 1964 to FC Eindhoven. This result moves Ajax top of the Eredivisie just ahead of PSV Eindhoven.
The star man for the Dutch Side was Burkina Faso international Lassina Traore with 5 goals and a hat trick of assists.
Traore completed his hat-trick in the second half shortly after the home side were reduced to 10 men at the start of the second half.
After only an hour of play, Daley Blind, had put the visitors 8 goals in front. Ex-Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar contributed a brace after coming off the bench.
Traore would complete the rout with the 13th goal coming in the 87th minute.
The front man is the first Ajax player to score 5 goals in an Eredivisie match since Marco Van Basten in 1985 and the first to contribute 3 assists in a match since Frenkie De Jong in 2017. A mid-week Champion’s league defeat to Liverpool seems to have ignited something in the Ajax side.
It only took 5 minutes for the ball to hit the back of the net in one of the games’ biggest rivalries after Karim Benzema slid the ball through to Federico Valverde before he smashed it past Neto.
The Catalan side responded quickly through inspiration from captain Lionel Messi, who orchestrated an attack that lead to a goal from 17-year-old Ansu Fati scoring his second goal in as many games.
Real Madrid would claim the 3 points in the second through a Sergio Ramos penalty and a late goal from substitute Luka Modric.
After much controversy in the summer regarding Lionel Messi’s future, Barcelona fans can’t help but wonder if this was their captain’s last El Clasico at the Camp Nou.
Messi made it clear that he longer wished to remain at the club where he has spent the last 20 years. The day Messi leaves is something Barcelona fans across the world will find bittersweet. Messi won 10 league titles, 4 Champion’s Leagues, and 6 Ballon D’or during his time at his club.