KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Sergino Dest contributed with an assist as Ajax cruised past Feyenoord in De Klassieker to maintain their hold on the top spot in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Ajax 4-0 Feyenoord
Ajax did their damage in the first half as they crushed rivals Feyenoord at the Johan Cruijff Arena to get the upper hand in De Klassieker so far this season.
Sergino Dest started for the Amsterdamers, playing 81 minutes.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Chelsea in the Champions League at midweek, Ajax were looking to take their frustration out on someone. And the game against their rivals from Rotterdam could not have at a better time.
The host carved Feyenoord up with some excellent passing to score their first just two minutes into the contest. Nicolas Tagliafico pass from out of the back would find Quincy Promes on the left wing. The young Dutchman then passed the ball onto Dusan Tadic, who then played it to Hakim Ziyech who squeezed his shot past goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.
Ajax doubled their lead five minutes later as the vistors could not keep up with the movement of the ball. David Neres set up Tagliafico with a pass that split two defenders and the Argentine steered it past Vermeer.
It was clear to see that the reigning Eredivisie champs were in complete control of the game, and they came close to scoring their third of the game when Tadic played a through-ball to Promes, but Vermeer was able to stop the shot this time around.
However, he would concede the third of the game in the 37th minute, with Tadic this time playing the ball to David Neres, and the Brazilian chipping his shot into the goal.
Ajax sealed the game in the 40th minute when Vermeer saved another shot, with the ball heading towards Dest. The right back appeared to have a shot at goal, but the ball would head into the path of Donny van de Beek and the midfielder headed it home.
The second half would be quiet, but the job was done as Ajax found the perfect tonic to their Champions League defeat.
Ajax remain on top of the Eredivisie standings with 29 points.
Elsewhere in Eredivisie action, Haji Wright started for VVV Venlo as they fell to Fortuna Sittard in a 4-1 loss to continue their slump.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, Alex Mendez started while Joshua Pynadath came off the bench for Jong Ajax in their 3-1 win over Excelsior.
Richard Ledezma started for Jong PSV as an early goal saw them go down to TOP Oss in a 1-0 loss.
Mael Corboz watched from the bench for Go Ahead Eagles as their game with Den Bosch ended in a 0-0 tie.