Ajax Amsterdam at their imperious best with a 6-1 win at NEC in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday
Following an impressive opening day win at Heerenveen, NEC were hoping to pass an even sterner test when they played host to titleholders Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday.
But the home side turned in a disastrous first half performance.
It started to go wrong in the 13th minute Lasse Schoene found an unmarked Jody Lukoki, who calmly slotted the ball past Gabor Babos to give Ajax a 1-nil lead.
The visitors doubled their advantage four minutes later when Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen ran onto Kenneth Vermeer's long goal-kick before stepping around Babos and finding the back of the net.
It was 3-nil inside 20 minutes Tobias Sana's well-timed run unlocked NEC's defence, and although his first touch was a poor one, his finish certainly wasn't.
NEC's plight became even more desperate in the 37th minute.
The home side failed to close down Theo Janssen and the midfielder made them pay - making it 4-nil before half time.
Ajax didn't hold up in the second half and added a fifth in the 53rd minute when Michel Breuer's attempted clearance ricocheted off Siem de Jong into the back of the net.
NEC fans were finally given a moment to savour in the 63rd minute.
Bram Nuytinck volleyed home from a corner, but despite enthusiastically grabbing the ball the game was long since over.
In the 83rd minute the 5 goal cushion was regained, de Jong unselfishly setting up Sana for his second to give Frank de Boer's side a commanding 6-1 victory.
Ajax thrash NECMonday, August 20 2012