AJAX CRUISE PAST SORRY RODA
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roda visited the impressive AmsterdamArena boasting an unbeaten record, but were soon brought down to earth when Tomas Galasek was left unmarked in the box and powered the home side into a 16th minute lead.
Romanian international Cristian Chivu (pictured) doubled their advantage, nine minutes from the break as he converted a penalty after Nikos Machlas was fouled in the box.
Rafael van der Vaart, the 17-year-old starlet made it 3-0 in the 67th minute with an exquisite chip.
The visitors got back into the game late on with a goal through Eric van der Luer in the 73rd minute only to see Brutil Hose restore Ajax's three goal advantage with an 86th minute strike.
Bernard Tchoutang got an injury time consolation for Roda but they left Amsterdam having been overwhelmed by an Ajax side looking close to being back to their best.