October 5, (THEWILL) – A dominant 6-1 victory over Ajax in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday saw the leading Serie A team Napoli create a bit of history for themselves.
Napoli’s journey to Amsterdam was anticipated to be challenging given that they entered the match at the summit of the Italian top flight. However, Luciano Spalletti’s team made an easy time of the challenge as they, not recovered from going behind early but comprehensively beat Ajax away from home.
It became the first time in the history of the UCL that a club visiting the Johan Cruyff Arena has defeated Ajax by more than five goals. Mohammed Kudus opened the scoring for Ajax, but Giacomo Raspadori, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Giovanni di Lorenzo, and Piotr Zielinski all scored for Napoli as they ran riot over their hosts.
There was enough time in the dying minutes for Giovanni Simeone to wrap up proceedings with Napoli’s sixth goal, which was also his second UCL goal so far this season. With wins over Liverpool and Rangers, Napoli are comfortably in first place in their CL group, with 13 goals in three games played so far.
Up next for Ajax is a domestic tie against FC Volendam on Saturday while Serie A leaders Napoli are against Cremonese on Sunday, hoping to retain their position atop the standings.