Hakim Ziyech was on target as Ajax walloped Vitesse 4-2 in Tuesday’s Dutch Eredivisie encounter.
The Morocco international was handed his 27th league appearance by manager Erik ten Hag and he impressed, helping his side to strengthen their lead on the table.
Ziyech opened the scoring in the 41st minute after receiving a pass from Dusan Tadic to ignite the goals surge.
Tadic added the second goal 14 minutes later and Matthijs de Ligt increased the lead in the 58th minute.
Navarone Foor reduced the deficit for the visitors in the 66th minute but Tadic found the back of the net again from the penalty spot to complete his brace. Oussama Darfalou’s strike eight minutes before time was just a consolation goal.
Moments before the end of the match, Vitesse’s Matus Bero was shown his second yellow and was subsequently sent off.
Ziyech featured for 63 minutes before he was substituted for David Neres while Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana was on parade for the duration of the game.
The 26-year-old winger has now scored 16 goals in the league and 20 in all competitions this season.
The victory saw Ajax open a three-point gap on the table and will hope to increase their winning streak to five games when they clash with Tottenham Hotspur for their semi-final Champions League game on April 30.