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Erik ten Hag's side, who lost 1-0 to Liverpool in the Champions League in midweek, got back to winning ways with some authority on Saturday afternoon.
Jurgen Ekkelenkamp gave the away side the league after 13 minutes, with Lassina Traore adding two and Dusan Tadic another before half-time.
Things only got worse for VVV after the break with Christian Kum sent off in the 52nd minute. After being reduced to 10 men the home side collapsed, conceding four goals in five minutes.
Traore secured his hat-trick in the 54th minute before Anthony, in the 55th, Ekkelenkamp, in the 57th, and Daley Blind in the 59th minute rounded off an appalling seven minutes for Venlo.
Traore added another in the 65th minute and then Klaas-Jan Huntelaar then added two goals in two minutes before Lisandro Martinez made it 12 two minutes later, with still 12 minutes left of the game.
The Amsterdam side took their foot off the gas a little towards the end of the game before Traore grabbed his fifth of the game with three minutes left, to round off the absolute inhalation.
Whilst no one at Venlo will be feeling too good about themselves tonight, you've got to hand it to whoever was running their Twitter account for the game, just for managing to keep a sense of humour about the whole thing.
Ajax, who have now scored 18 goals in their previous 180 minutes of league football, have now gone above rivals PSV at the top of the table, although the Eindhoven side now have a game in hand.
VVV are in midtable but the loss means they haven't won in their previous five games, with their only win coming on the opening day of the season.
There was no winner in the Eredivisie last season, as the league finished when the Covid-19 pandemic struck with Ajax level on points with AZ Alkmaar after 25 games at the time.
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