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ENGLISH FA cup to be completed by october

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The 2019/20 FA Cup final could take place as late as October, as the FA continue to do all it can to work towards finishing the competition.

Both men’s and women’s competitions are at the quarter-final stage at present, and a statement from the association on Thursday committed to fulfilling the remaining fixtures when it is ‘safe and appropriate’ to do so.

The ​statement reads: “​With the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup, Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase all at advanced stages, we are reviewing all options as we seek to complete these competitions whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“Clubs involved are close to reaching a major final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to keep the Wembley dream alive.

“In respect of The FA Youth Cup, The FA County Youth Cup, The FA Sunday Cup and The FA Inter-League Cup, we are also seeking to complete these competitions if it is feasible to do so.

“We will also continue planning for FA competitions to take place for the 2020-21 season.”

The FA are believed to be exploring all possibilities to get the competition concluded, but the Premier League is facing a squeeze to fit all of its remaining fixtures while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hold the football calendar hostage.

English football is technically only posponed until 30 April but it is extremely unlikely that the virus will have subsided by then, with the reported return date of 1 June a much more realistic – though still ambitious – target.

The logistical challenges, then, of fitting nine full rounds of fixtures into just a few weeks to allow clubs a short pre-season, are clear – even more-so if eight top-flight clubs have quarter-final fixtures to play.

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Ajax recorded the biggest victory in the history of the Eredivisie with a 13-0 thrashing of VVV Venlo as they reclaimed top spot above rivals PSV.

It was the biggest winning margin in Dutch topflight history, surpassing Ajax’s own 12-1 win over Vitesse in May 1972. Lassina Traore, 19, scored five goals as veteran Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a brace in the whitewash. The Amsterdam giants were 4-0 up in the first half with goals from midfielder Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, Traore’s brace, and former Southampton star Dusan Tadic also got his name on the scoresheet. But the defending champions came out smoking in the second half scoring nine goals to further humiliate their opponents. After Christiaan Kum’s sending off in the 52nd minute, things went from bad to worse for VVV as Ajax scored five goals in 11 minutes.

Traore completed his hat-trick before setting up Brazilian star Antony in the 55th minute. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp grabbed his brace two minutes later before Daley Blind made it 8-0. Lassina Traore added his fourth before Jan Huntelaar made it 10-0 from a spot-kick. The former Real Madrid man made it 11-0 in the 76th minute.

Lisandro Martinez and Traore scored the last two goals of the match as the Dutch giants bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat to Liverpool.

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