Wednesday December 8, 2010 Group Stage: Group G Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 4 - 0 AJ Auxerre

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  1. Weakened Real rout Auxerre

    Weakened Real rout Auxerre

    Karim Benzema's hat-trick meant Real Madrid ended their Champions League Group G campaign with a 4-0 victory over Auxerre at the Bernabeu. More

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    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • AJ Auxerre
    • 90+2' FULL TIME: Real qualify with consummate ease. Another very good performance despite a much-weakened side. They'll be a team nobody wants to face in the last 16.
    • 90+1' The game slipping gently to its conclusion. If there was little to play for at the start of this game, there's nothing now.
    • 90' Oliech's run is cut off just in time as the last moments of normal time come tick down.
    • 89' That's Benzema's first treble for Real Madrid - he's been superb.
    • 88' BENZEMA'S HAT-TRICK! Sensational finish! Gift-wrapped by Sorin, whose pass to Coulibaly is telegraphed. Benzema wins the ball at an acute angle, but he places it perfectly.
    • 87' Real Madrid have only lost two of their last 38 games - both of those to Barcelona. At least they know they won't play their rivals in the last 16.
    • 86' LEON CLOSE! Very close! Benzema beats two, tries a shot which is blocked but breaks to Leon - he has to go away from goal to find space, but when he does his effort on the turn catches the outside of the post.
    • 85' BENZEMA CLOSE TO A HAT-TRICK! Diarra slides a great ball through to him, Benzema creates a little space, but his shot crashes into the side netting.
    • 84' Garay flattens Traore. He's playing slightly out of position - he's a centre back playing on the left - but this is really just an opportunity to give him minutes on the pitch.
    • 83' Sarabia has shown a couple of good touches on the ball. There's no need for debut nerves when you have a three-goal lead an nothing is at stake.
    • 81' Sammaritano's cross to Traore comes out to Birsa, and he's the latest man to miss with a long-ranger.
    • 80' Another long-shot from Auxerre, and much the same result as ever. It's not going to happen for the away side - not like that.
    • 79' Auxerre win a throw deep well into the Madrid half. They're looking for a consolation now. Jean Fernandez looks resigned.
    • 78' ADAN MAKES A SAVE! Great effort from both sides as Sammaritano plays a good ball through to Oliech, and his shot is on target and aimed towards the far post. Denied by the debutant.
    • 77' Sarabia tries a run down the left, but is shepherded out by Dudka.
    • 76' Real Madrid will be looking forward to seeing who comes up in the draw now.
    • 75' Ezequiel Garay comes on for Real Madrid, making his first appearance of the season after dislocating his kneecap in pre-season. He replaces Marcelo.
    • 74' Benzema has made a statement tonight - he's looking sharp and will get his opportunity while Higuain is injured to have a run of games.
    • 73' Auxerre playing purely for pride now. It's been a miserable campaign in an admittedly difficult group, but they've had a tough time in Ligue 1 so far this year as well.
    • 72' Real sub - Sarabia gets a debut, replacing Ronaldo. For Auxerre Quercia comes on for Contout.
    • 71' BENZEMA MAKES IT THREE! BEAUTY! He traps the pass with real class just inside the penalty area, then places a shot into the far corner. Sorin gets his fingertips to it, but cannot keep it out.
    • 70' Great ball from Mahamadou Diarra out right to Pedor Leon, but the cross doesn't match up to it.
    • 69' That delivery is not a problem for Adan, who plucks it out of the air from deep.
    • 68' Sammaritano has been busy so far since he came on, but the two Diarras bring him tumbling to the ground as both stop his run. Free kick for the visitors.
    • 67' That goal in Italy means that Auxerre are reliant on at least two goals from Milan and scoring two of their own in the next 25 minutes.
    • 66' GOALFLASH! Ajax make it two - A stunning goal for Alderweireld after some good work from Suarez.
    • 65' MARCELO CLOSE! No goals for the Brazilian so far this season but that was a great example of what he can do, storming past Dudka from the wing and drilling a shot on his right foot into the side netting.
    • 64' Bold defending from Lassana Diarra, holding off Contout and playing a pass backwards for his goalkeeper.
    • 63' Dudka puts the ball out for a Madrid throw. The game is slowing to a gentle pace as the result becomes inevitable.
    • 62' Traore takes the ball away as Granero sees his pass intercepted. Ronaldo tackles Traore - unfairly, says the Belgian referee.
    • 61' Sammaritano replaces Pedretti in Auxerre's first change of the evening.
    • 60' Contout penalised for tussling with Arbeloa for the ball unfairly, and Madrid have a free kick.
    • 59' Oliech thumps a long-ranger well over the bar. Not this time, and the Auxerre attacks are getting less and less controlled and more and more hit-and-hope.
    • 58' Ronaldo, popping up on the left, tries to stepover two Auxerre defenders into submission - but he can't get the better of Coulibaly.
    • 57' GOALFLASH! Ajax have scored at the San Siro and lead 1-0. De Zeeuw has put the visitors in front, and their grip on third place is firmer than ever.
    • 56' TRAORE CLOSE! The ball bounces kindly for him and he lashes a half volley from 20 yards at the far post, but his effort drifts just wide of the upright! Adan has to wait to make his first save.
    • 55' Granero feeds Pedro Leon but his cross is delivered just a shade too slowly and Grichting blocks.
    • 54' Real Madrid's substitutes are warming up on the sidelines. Will there be an opportunity for one or two of the Real youngsters?
    • 53' Marcelo tries to dance his way around Oliech by his own corner flag. The hosts are confident.
    • 52' CONTOUT! Good effort from the striker, who's been isolated for long stretches tonight. He takes a couple of touches to create a little room, then slams a shot from the edge of the area narrowly wide of the upright.
    • 51' And that surely kills off Auxerre in this tie - the visitors had threatened to find the way back, but if a one-goal deficit was a difficult obstacle to overcome, two is a mountain.
    • 50' That's eight goals in his last four games for Ronaldo, and 20 in his last 15. His fourth Champions League goal of the season. Life isn't treating the Portuguese star too badly at the moment.
    • 49' RONALDO! GREAT MADRID GOAL! He drills it high into the net after a defence-splitting ball from Marcelo.
    • 48' Oliech tries a through ball towards Birsa but it's some way off finding its intended target.
    • 47' As it stands, with Ajax drawing in Milan, only a win would do for Auxerre. Real Madrid's record at the Bernabeu this season is played 10, won 10.
    • 46' Contout caught well offside - not for the first time in this match.
    • 46' Here we go! Real Madrid kick off the second half!
    • 45+5' HALF TIME: Real Madrid lead. They controlled the first 25 minutes, but Auxerre bounced back and only the excellent keeping of Dudek kept the hosts ahead. Now Dudek is off with a jaw injury how will the second half pan out? Join us in a few minutes to find out.
    • 45+4' This is Adan's debut. Nervous?
    • 45+3' A pained Dudek trudges disconsolately off. Adan is given a round of applause as he comes on, but it will surely be the last action of the half.
    • 45+2' Looks like it's the jaw which is hurting - and it's serious enough for him to be coming off. Adan, the third choice, looks set to come on.
    • 45+1' Dudek down - he rushes to clear a ball from under Contout's feet and as the striker raises his hands to protect himself from the collision Dudek is caught in the shoulder. Inadvertent, but the goalkeeper in some pain nevertheless.
    • 45' Just one additional minute of stoppage time to be played in this one.
    • 44' Benzema occasionally dazzles on the ball. He does really well there, squirming down the right under lots of pressure, but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 43' Coulibaly picks up the ball as the corner comes back out, and after shuffling to his right he tries a shot from distance which drifts wide.
    • 42' OLIECH! ANOTHER GOOD SAVE FROM DUDEK! He skips past Marcelo, storms into the box after a 20-yard run and picks out the far corner, and only a full-stretch save from the Pole is enough to prevent the equaliser!
    • 41' Decent shape on Pedretti's eventual delivery from the left, but Carvalho makes a good interception to snuff out the danger.
    • 40' Scrappy passages of play. The replays of that Diarra tackle make it look worse and worse.
    • 39' Yellow for Mahamadou Diarra as he stamps on Birsa's foot. Bad challenge, and the striker from Slovenia is down and in some pain.
    • 38' Nasty clash between Traore and Carvalho, and the Auxerre man is slow to rise to his feet.
    • 37' Slight confusion between Dudek and his centre-halves as Oliech tries a cross from deep on the right, but it matters not as the hosts clear.
    • 36' The Auxerre back four has been relatively well-organised but once they do break up Madrid's attacks they have an infuriating habit of giving the ball straight back to their hosts.
    • 35' Lovely link-up play between Benzema and Granero - the Frenchman's skills come to the fore as he slides in the through ball and Granero's shot forces a decent save from Sorin.
    • 34' Mignot picks up a yellow for an unnecessary and late tackle on Albiol.
    • 33' Granero sprays a ball wide to the left to get Real Madrid on the move but Auxerre defending resolutely and Madrid then probe down the right.
    • 32' Good ball in from Pedretti and Coulibaly competes with Albiol for that one - nasty knock for the Spanish player, who takes a blow to the head for his troubles. Brave defending.
    • 31' Still advantage Real but Auxerre are coming back into the encounter. Traore wins the visitors a corner which Pedretti will take.
    • 30' Ouch - painful one for Grichting - he's winded by that one as it struck him in the midriff.
    • 29' Real Madrid stroking the ball around with terrific style. Benzema fires a low shot and Grichting blocks.
    • 28' Ronaldo is awarded a free kick, but Madrid do very little with that one, and the visitors can come away with the ball.
    • 27' Just a hint of life here from Auxerre. But they'll surely need to score the next goal if they're to have any hope.
    • 26' TERRIFIC SAVE FROM DUDEK! IT'S MIGNOT WITH THE HEADER! The set piece is a good one and the former Liverpool man makes a superb save low to his left to keep out Mignot's header. It was Albiol caught out again.
    • 25' Auxerre break down the right here with some sharp moves, and Contout is flattened by Albiol somewhat cynically as he threatened the penalty area. Yellow card, and no arguing that one.
    • 24' Coulibaly stays supright and refused to be mesmerised by Ronaldo's stepovers, eventually putting in a tackle to concede a corner.
    • 23' Contout caught miles offside as Auxerre hook in a cross. Lazy from the striker.
    • 22' Auxerre win a corner when Traore sees his cross deflected by Albiol. A couple of good balls in from the French side, but they need someone in the box to tuck those away.
    • 21' RONALDO! HOW ISN'T IT TWO? Pedro Leon does a fabulous job to free a little space on the right, and his cross is perfect for Ronaldo ghosting into the box, but Ronaldo's header is inches wide of the far post. Looked sure to be a goal, but still just a one-goal lead for the hosts.
    • 20' Madrid are happy enough to push forward - though the previous move came to nothing you sense that Auxerre will have chances if they could break with pace and numbers.
    • 19' There's suddenly an awful lot of room for an Auxerre break, but Oliech's pass right for Traore is just overhit and Dudek gets to the ball first.
    • 18' Marcelo tries a cross - or was it a shot? Either way, it was a poor one, and only the committed chasing of Pedro Leon prevents it going out for a corner.
    • 17' Remember that incredible record Mourinho had back in the Chelsea days when he hadn't been beaten in a home match since 2002? Well, would you believe, as we near the end of 2010 he STILL hasn't seen one of his sides lose at home since 2002.
    • 16' HALF A CHANCE FOR PEDRO LEON! A low ball intended for Ronaldo comes his way, and his shot is well struck but blocked by the brave Grichting.
    • 15' 69% possession to Real Madrid so far. That says it all about how the game is unfolding.
    • 14' Pacy crossfield ball from Granero comes within a whisker of finding Pedro Leon on a run down the right, but this time the ball beats the young Spaniard to the byline.
    • 13' All square in the other group game between Milan and Ajax, so as it stands the Dutch side would take the Europa League place for finsihing third.
    • 12' That, of course, was the 300th goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League. At this rate they could add a couple more tonight.
    • 11' BUT THIS TIME HE DOES! BENZEMA! Great cross from Ronaldo, sidestepping Dudka and Benzema has to dive low to head in from point-blank range. Good goal!
    • 11' Ronaldo comes into the game for the first time, snaking down the left and putting a cross into the middle the direction of Benzema, but he doesn't find him on this occasion.
    • 10' Mahamadou Diarra tries a shot from the edge of the box but it starts wide and curls wider still.
    • 9' Carvalho puts in an extremely well-timed challenge on Oliech in the penalty area - and it's out for a Real goal kick. Good work from the Portuguese centre-half who's been excellent since rejoining Mourinho in Spain.
    • 8' Maybe not Ronaldo territory after all - Real go short and play in Granero on the right, but his cross doesn't find its mark.
    • 7' Free kick won by Arbeloa as he cuts in from the right and Grichting brings him down. This is Ronaldo territory.
    • 6' The two Diarras combine for Real Madrid as the hosts build with pateince. Pedretti robs Benzema on the edge of the box to get the visitors out of trouble.
    • 5' Birsa tries a cross from the left but once again Arbeloa stands firm. The promising Pedro Leon takes the ball forward, dancing his way down the right.
    • 4' CLOSE FOR MADRID! Real Madrid have a corner after a slick move - good ball in from Granero and a free header from Mohamadou Diarra goes over the bar! Should have done better.
    • 3' Birsa does his best to keep a ball in play, and though he manages he gives Arbeloa time to clear.
    • 2' Plenty of pressure from Real Madrid, but it's Oliech for Auxerre who sweeps up and brings the ball away, only for Lassana Diarra to foul him.
    • 1' Marcelo goes down somewhat theatrically as he tries to burst down the left. No foul, but Granero wins one shortly afterwards when Chafni brings him down.
    • 1' Away we go in Madrid! Auxerre, playing in their blue away kits, start us off.
    • 19:44 One yellow card away from a suspension - Cristiano Ronaldo for Real, Stephane Grichting for Auxerre.
    • 19:43 Despite a considerably weakened team, Real Madrid look so much stronger than a full-strength Auxerre. The French side will hope that they can take advantage of the fact that this Real side have not played a great deal together.
    • 19:42 The Champions League music plays out across the ground. Kick-off not far away at all.
    • 19:41 The players take to the field. It's a good turnout at the Bernabeu despite there being little at stake for the hosts.
    • 19:40 If Real Madrid score a goal, that will be their 300th in the competition. Not too shabby.
    • 19:35 Remember, AC Milan are in action against Ajax tonight at the San Siro. We'll bring you goal updates if you're an Auxerre fan waiting nervously for news, but you can follow live text commentary of that game by clicking this link.
    • 19:30 More grist from the Real Madrid rumour mill - could Bastian Schweinsteiger be eyeing a move to the Bernabeu? More on that story here.
    • 19:25 Perhaps the least surprising statistic of the Champions League this season: Cristiano Ronaldo has had more shots on target than any other player (14) - as well as more shots wide than anyone else (15). He has at least managed three goals, however.
    • 19:20 HEAD TO HEAD - Just one meeting between the two sides in European competition, and that was this year. Angel Di Maria's late goal meant that Real Madrid came away with victory that evening. Real Madrid, incidentally, have a record of 12 wins and seven defeats in 23 European ties against French opposition. Auxerre 0-1 Real Madrid
    • 19:15 Most football fans didn't care for Mouriinho's action, but he has at least one sympathiser - Auxerre coach Jean Fernandez. Ahead of the game Fernandez said: "Mourinho is not the only coach who has acted like that." More from Fernandez.
    • 19:10 After matchday 5 the talk was all about Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos receiving red cards for time-wasting after what looked like instructions from Mourinho. As a result, the Real Madrid coach has been given a suspension of his own, and his assistant Aitor Karanka will take the touchline this evening. More on Mourinho's punishment here.
    • 19:05 For Auxerre it's a line-up much closer to full strength. Anthony Le Tallec and Steeven Langil were both doubtful but they take their place on the bench. The away side look set to line up 4-2-3-1 - how will they fare against Mourinho's favoured 4-3-3?
    • 19:00 So Real Madrid look somewhat different from the side which Jose Mourinho has been putting out most of the season. Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos are suspended after THOSE red cards in the previous game against Ajax, while Higuain, Khedira and Di Maria are out injured. With Casillas and Ozil having a rest, there's a good opportunity for several fringe players.
    • 18:55 AUXERRE: Sorin - Grichting, Mignot, Coulibaby, Dudka - Pedretti, Chafni - Birsa, Traore, Oliech - Contout /// Subs: Riou, Le Tallec, Quercia, Sammaritano, Sidibe, Langil, Bourgeois
    • 18:55 REAL MADRID: Dudek - Marcelo, Carvalho, Albiol, Arbeloa - M Diarra, L Diarra, Granero - Ronaldo, Benzema, Pedro Leon /// Subs: Adan, Pepe, Mateos, Garay, Ozil, Morata Martin, Sarabia
    • 18:50 WHAT'S AT STAKE: For Real Madrid, not a great deal - they're through as group winners. Auxerre and Ajax, on the other hand, are in a battle for third spot, and Auxerre will need to achieve a better result than the Dutch side tonight if they want Europa League football. Group G as it stands.
    • 18:45 Good evening everyone - welcome to LIVE minute-by-minute updates from the Champions League, where Real Madrid host Auxerre in their final Group G game. Kick-off is just an hour away.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Real Madrid v Auxerre - kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time, we'll have all the latest team news and build-up from an hour beforehand.
  • Summary

    • 88' BENZEMA'S HAT-TRICK! Sensational finish! Gift-wrapped by Sorin, whose pass to Coulibaly is telegraphed. Benzema wins the ball at an acute angle, but he places it perfectly.
    • 86' LEON CLOSE! Very close! Benzema beats two, tries a shot which is blocked but breaks to Leon - he has to go away from goal to find space, but when he does his effort on the turn catches the outside of the post.
    • 85' BENZEMA CLOSE TO A HAT-TRICK! Diarra slides a great ball through to him, Benzema creates a little space, but his shot crashes into the side netting.
    • 78' ADAN MAKES A SAVE! Great effort from both sides as Sammaritano plays a good ball through to Oliech, and his shot is on target and aimed towards the far post. Denied by the debutant.
    • 71' BENZEMA MAKES IT THREE! BEAUTY! He traps the pass with real class just inside the penalty area, then places a shot into the far corner. Sorin gets his fingertips to it, but cannot keep it out.
    • 66' GOALFLASH! Ajax make it two - A stunning goal for Alderweireld after some good work from Suarez.
    • 65' MARCELO CLOSE! No goals for the Brazilian so far this season but that was a great example of what he can do, storming past Dudka from the wing and drilling a shot on his right foot into the side netting.
    • 57' GOALFLASH! Ajax have scored at the San Siro and lead 1-0. De Zeeuw has put the visitors in front, and their grip on third place is firmer than ever.
    • 56' TRAORE CLOSE! The ball bounces kindly for him and he lashes a half volley from 20 yards at the far post, but his effort drifts just wide of the upright! Adan has to wait to make his first save.
    • 52' CONTOUT! Good effort from the striker, who's been isolated for long stretches tonight. He takes a couple of touches to create a little room, then slams a shot from the edge of the area narrowly wide of the upright.
    • 49' RONALDO! GREAT MADRID GOAL! He drills it high into the net after a defence-splitting ball from Marcelo.
    • 42' OLIECH! ANOTHER GOOD SAVE FROM DUDEK! He skips past Marcelo, storms into the box after a 20-yard run and picks out the far corner, and only a full-stretch save from the Pole is enough to prevent the equaliser!
    • 26' TERRIFIC SAVE FROM DUDEK! IT'S MIGNOT WITH THE HEADER! The set piece is a good one and the former Liverpool man makes a superb save low to his left to keep out Mignot's header. It was Albiol caught out again.
    • 21' RONALDO! HOW ISN'T IT TWO? Pedro Leon does a fabulous job to free a little space on the right, and his cross is perfect for Ronaldo ghosting into the box, but Ronaldo's header is inches wide of the far post. Looked sure to be a goal, but still just a one-goal lead for the hosts.
    • 16' HALF A CHANCE FOR PEDRO LEON! A low ball intended for Ronaldo comes his way, and his shot is well struck but blocked by the brave Grichting.
    • 11' BUT THIS TIME HE DOES! BENZEMA! Great cross from Ronaldo, sidestepping Dudka and Benzema has to dive low to head in from point-blank range. Good goal!
    • 4' CLOSE FOR MADRID! Real Madrid have a corner after a slick move - good ball in from Granero and a free header from Mohamadou Diarra goes over the bar! Should have done better.
    • 18:55 AUXERRE: Sorin - Grichting, Mignot, Coulibaby, Dudka - Pedretti, Chafni - Birsa, Traore, Oliech - Contout /// Subs: Riou, Le Tallec, Quercia, Sammaritano, Sidibe, Langil, Bourgeois
    • 18:55 REAL MADRID: Dudek - Marcelo, Carvalho, Albiol, Arbeloa - M Diarra, L Diarra, Granero - Ronaldo, Benzema, Pedro Leon /// Subs: Adan, Pepe, Mateos, Garay, Ozil, Morata Martin, Sarabia
    • 18:45 Good evening everyone - welcome to LIVE minute-by-minute updates from the Champions League, where Real Madrid host Auxerre in their final Group G game. Kick-off is just an hour away.

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    Manager: Aitor Karanka

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    Manager: Jean Fernandez

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