The Godenzonen proved to be way too strong for the Alkmaarders and cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win...
Ajax have recorded a 4-0 home win over AZ to keep their title ambitions alive. The Godenzonen picked up an early lead via dynamic midfielder Demy de Zeeuw before Siem de Jong put the match to bed after the break. Lorenzo Ebecilio and Vurnon Anita then added two more goals in the closing stages of the game.
The Amsterdam side started the match brilliantly and needed only five minutes to open the score. Former AZ youngster Lorenzo Ebecilio sent in a superb cross for Demy de Zeeuw and the midfielder slotted home from close range.
Playmaker Christian Eriksen almost doubled his side's lead in the 15th minute after being set up by Siem de Jong, but his shot was too weak to trouble the AZ glovesman.
AZ got a chance halfway the first half when Hector Moreno set up Johann Gudmundsson, but the Icelandic youngster failed to control the ball, allowing Jan Vertonghen to clear.
Miralem Sulejmani reached De Jong in a dangerous position around the hour mark, but the attacking midfielder aimed too high and the chance went begging. Ebecilio and Vertonghen also tried their luck from long range after the opener, but AZ goalie Esteban Alvarado wasn't too impressed and collected both shots with ease.
AZ started the second half with attacking intentions and got a good chance to level the score in the 50th minute. Dirk Marcellis sent in a good cross from the right for Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, but the youngster's header went over the bar.
De Jong doubled Ajax's lead in the 55th minute after Alvarado failed to hold on to Miralem Sulejmani's shot. De Jong then picked up the loose ball and had no trouble finding the empty net.
The home side then got chances to make it three via Ebecilio and Vurnon Anita, but they had to wait until the 72nd minute to make it 3-0. De Jong set up Ebecilio down the left and the tricky winger cut inside before beating the AZ goalkeeper with a shot in the far corner.
The referee poured even more misery in Ajax's wounds in the 73rd minute. Pelle executed a reckless challenge on Dario Cvitanich and the Italian striker received his marching orders only three minutes after coming off the bench.
Sulejmani continued to cause the Ajax defence all kinds of trouble and allowed Cvitanich the chance to add his name to the score sheet twice. The Argentinian striker failed to beat Alvarado though.
Anita added his name to the score sheet in the 88th minute of the game. The versatile midfielder played a superb one-two with Cvitanich before finding the net with a low shot.
Ajax take on Spartak Moscow on Thursday in the Europa League before they return to domestic action away against Willem II next Sunday. They currently sit third in the Eredivisie table, trailing table toppers PSV by five points.
AZ have dropped to sixth spot in the standings following this week's results. They take on Roda in Kerkrade next Saturday.