Wednesday November 21, 2012 Group Stage: Group D Finished Amsterdam ArenA

Ajax 1 - 4 Borussia Dortmund

  • Hoesen 86’
  • Reus 8’
  • Götze 36’
  • Lewandowski 41’, 67’

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  1. Champions League - Dortmund crush Ajax to progress

    Champions League - Dortmund crush Ajax to progress

    Robert Lewandowski struck a superb brace in Amsterdam as Borussia Dortmund powered into the last 16 with a 4-1 rout of Ajax in Group D of the Champions League. More

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    Time:90'
    • Ajax
    • Borussia Dortmund
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME. Dortmund into the last 16. Ajax will now set their sights on qualifying for the Europa League.
    • 90+2' Dortmund three points clear of Real as it stands at the top of the group.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time.
    • 90' All eyes turn to Eastlands as we enter stoppage time here.
    • 89' Better from Ajax but too little, too late.
    • 88' Lukoki jinks towards the Dortmund box and fizzes in a shot that's easy for the keeper.
    • 87' Eriksen giving a glimpse of why he has so many admirers with that assist.
    • 86' GOAL! Ajax 1-4 Dortmund. Sublime skill and pass from Eriksen sends Hoesen through and his deflected shot loops over the keeper and into the net.
    • 84' Away from tonight's action, Chelsea have appointed Rafael Benitez as their new boss.
    • 83' Niklas Moisander booked.
    • 82' Ajax need to regroup for the final group clash at Real Madrid. They can still qualify for the Europa League.
    • 81' A truly impressive showing from the Germans. No-one will want to face them in the last 16. Dark horses for the CL crown? No doubt about it on this evidence.
    • 80' Dortmund still working hard. They want that clean sheet. Ajax are toiling.
    • 79' Reus replaced by Julian Schieber.
    • 78' Chance for Ajax. Blind teases in a cross but Fischer's side-foot volley is straight at the keeper. Sums up their night.
    • 77' Sergio Aguero on target for Man City. Alvaro Arbeloa sent off for Real. Interesting times at Eastlands.
    • 76' City are level against Real Madrid.
    • 75' Interested in the last 15 minutes of Man City v Real Madrid? Follow our live matchcast for City v Madrid
    • 74' Only question remaining is whether Lewandowksi can get his treble.
    • 73' It's all about City v Real now. This game is over.
    • 72' Boerrigter replaced by Viktor Fischer.
    • 71' Hoesen gets a sight of goal. Great block by Neven Subotic.
    • 70' Gotze replaced by Jakub Błaszczykowski.
    • 69' STAT: Ajax coach Frank de Boer captained the team that overcame Ottmar Hitzfeld's Dortmund when these clubs met in the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. De Boer started the second leg as Kiki Musampa hit the only goal for Louis van Gaal's hosts.
    • 68' That's four in the competition for the big Pole. 12 in total for the season.
    • 67' GOAL! 4-0 now. Lewandowski volleys in from a tight angle after a clipped ball in from Gotze. GAME OVER.
    • 65' Wondering how Man City are getting on versus Real Madrid? Follow our live matchcast for City v Madrid
    • 64' Enoh replaced by Daniel Hoesen.
    • 63' Ivan Perisic replaces Bender.
    • 62' Eriksen shoots from distance - just wide.
    • 61' Ajax press as they look to exploit their one-man advantage for the time-being.
    • 60' Bender has gone down the tunnel for the magic sponge. The game is back underway.
    • 59' Sven Bender has blood on his face after being struck by an accidental elbow from Enoh.
    • 58' Remember, if Ajax lose and Real Madrid avoid defeat against Man City, Ajax will be eliminated. It's looking like goodnight for the Dutch side.
    • 57' Ajax's bright start to the half seems to have faded away as Gotze fizzes one well wide.
    • 56' Another majestic run by Gotze. It takes three to stop him. He really does make Dortmund tick.
    • 55' Great spot by the referee/assistant. Replays suggest Gotze wasn't touched as he went down in the area. Poor by the playmaker as he's had a stormer tonight.
    • 54' Gotze booked for simulation.
    • 53' WOW! Looked like a penalty. The ref seemed to point to the spot. Gotze goes down in the area but it looks like he may have dived.
    • 52' Chance for the home team. Boerrigter spots the run of Eriksen but his stabbed effort is well blocked by Weidenfeller.
    • 51' Eriksen looks to carve out an opening on the edge of the Dortmund area - but he's crowded out by five opposition players. where was the support there? Ajax looking brighter.
    • 50' Headed over the top by de Jong. At least a sight of goal for the home support to get excited by.
    • 49' Corner to Ajax after good approach play by Lukoki.
    • 48' It's all very neat and tidy from the hosts but where is the urgency?
    • 47' Ajax replacing a Dane with a Dane - one more attack-minded than the other. Can they pull off an improbable recovery?
    • 46' Christian Poulsen replaced by Lasse Schone.
    • 46' Dortmund restart the game.
    • 45+1' HT: 3-0 to Dortmund. It looks like gameover.
    • 45' Ajax trying to build some momentum but it's not happening.
    • 44' Is this another sign of Dortmund's credentials as a dark horse for the CL crown?
    • 43' Dortmund stroking the ball about at the back. It's been the perfect away performance in this first period.
    • 42' Lewandowski's third Champions League goal this season has surely killed off Ajax's hopes now. It's his 11th of the campaign.
    • 41' GOAL! 3-0 to Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski taps home the rebound after Gotze's deflected shot came back off the keeper.
    • 39' Free-kick to the Germans 30 yards out, just to the left of the Ajax area.
    • 38' Not as if Dortmund have got out of second gear either.
    • 37' Difficult to see how the Dutch side can turn this around now. They really need a goal before half-time.
    • 36' 2-0. Gotze races in behind the Ajax defence and cuts in from the left before firing a shot in at the near post.
    • 34' As it stands it's looking like Dortmund and Real Madrid will both canter into the last 16 tonight.
    • 33' Ricardo van Rhijn bombs down the right and drops a superb ball into the area. Well defended by the visitors. Better from Ajax though.
    • 32' Eriksen looks to break free but he's easily blocked out. Ajax struggling to make anything happen at the moment.
    • 31' Ajax's best hope could come from a set piece. Four of their six goals in the Champions League this season have come from corners - a competition high.
    • 30' Half an hour gone and you can only see one team scoring here.
    • 29' Reus powers into the area but is eventually crowded out. Too easy from Ajax's point of view. They need to defend better.
    • 28' Great feet by Gotze who then makes a huge mess of it all when he looked set to pull the trigger. Superb skill to get away in the first place though.
    • 27' Here come Dortmund on the break....
    • 26' Dortmund looking very comfortable. Surprising that they have failed to win any of their last seven away games in European competition.
    • 25' Blind is proving to be a good outlet for the Dutch side. If they can keep finding him down the flank they could have some joy.
    • 24' Dortmund will be delighted with how this game is going. Ajax playing some nice intricate football but not really putting the away side under any sustained pressure.
    • 23' Jody Lukoki looks for Siem De Jong with a whipped cross - well gathered by Roman Weidenfeller.
    • 22' STAT: Dortmund have made 266 blocks, clearances and interceptions, the highest total of defensive actions of any team in the Champions League.
    • 21' Chris Eriksen causes havoc in the area with a well struck cross. The ball falls to Derk Boerrigter who sees his low drive well blocked. Eriksen picks up the loose ball but curls well wide.
    • 20' Corner to Ajax. Chance to build some momentum.
    • 19' Marcel Schmelzer drifts in the free-kick towards Mats Hummels, but it's just about stabbed to safety by the Ajax rearguard.
    • 18' Eyong Enoh booked for a silly foul 35 yards from his own goal.
    • 17' An interesting stat: Borussia Dortmund have lost just one of the last six European matches (W2 D3 L1) against Dutch opposition - the 2002 UEFA Cup final versus Feyenoord.
    • 16' Ajax's passing in the final third has been really lacking so far. Dortmund barely troubled.
    • 15' Elsewhere in Group D Manchester City are losing at home to Real Madrid. Benzema on target. Follow our live matchcast for City v Madrid
    • 14' LATEST: City 0-1 Real Madrid.
    • 13' The game is still finding its feet despite the early goal. Neither side enjoying enough possession to dominate.
    • 12' Dortmund on course to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2002/03.
    • 10' As it stands Ajax are on their way out: Dortmund 11 points, Madrid 8 points, Ajax 4 points, City 3 points.
    • 9' The goal came down the Ajax left and therefore the Dortmund right. A real blow for the home team and just what the Germans would have been hoping for.
    • 8' GOAL! Dortmund spring forward down the left. Mario Gotze picks out the run of Marco Reus who slips the ball under the keeper. Sublime move.
    • 7' What are your predictions tonight? Tweet me your views.
    • 6' Ajax are hoping to maintain their proud unbeaten record against German visitors. The Dutch champions have posted 12 wins in 13 home games in Amsterdam against Bundesliga sides.
    • 5' The set piece comes to nothing but Ajax are looking lively in the opening exchanges.
    • 4' Daley Blind fires in an early cross that the keeper has to tip over the bar. Corner to Ajax.
    • 3' Meanwhile, Dortmund boss, Jurgen Klopp admits he was disappointed not to have already secured qualification to the last 16. He said: "We are still top so a draw was a good result for us (against Real Madrid). If we had won I think we would have deserved it, I'm proud of our performance but a little sad as we were so close to direct qualification."
    • 2' Few outside of the Dutch capital believe Ajax have a chance of making it out of the group stage. However, manager, Frank De Boer remains upbeat. He told his pre-match press conference: "We can progress in the Champions League, so that's the aim. We will go for the win against Dortmund. But there may come a time when we must be satisfied with a draw. We will see."
    • 1' KICK OFF! Ajax get us underway.
    • 19.35 A big 90 minutes ahead for both teams. Can Dortmund get the point they need? Or will Ajax upset the odds once again? It promises to be a real cracker.
    • 19.25 Dortmund head into matchday five top of the Group D standings. Ajax are currently third and need to match or better Real Madrid's result at Man City to keep their Champions League hopes intact. Group D standings
    • 19.05 Dortmund need just one point to confirm their place in the knockout stage - but have named a side full of attacking talent. Kevin Grosskreutz, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze line up behind lone striker Robert Lewandowski.
    • 19.00 Ajax keeper Kenneth Vermeer has shrugged off the illness that kept him out of the 2-0 win over VVV-Venlo at the weekend and takes his place between the sticks. Toby Alderweireld also returns following a hamstring injury. The hosts will deploy an attacking formation with Jody Lukoki, Derk Boerrigter and Siem de Jong forging a three-pronged attack.
    • 18.50 AJAX: Vermeer, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, Van Rhijn, Poulsen, Enoh, Eriksen, De Jong, Boerrigter, Lukoki... Subs: Cillessen, Veltman, Dijks, Schone, Sana, Hoesen, Fischer./// BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Bender, Gundogan, Gotze, Reus, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski... Subs: Langerak, Lowe, Felipe Santana, Leitner, Blaszczykowski, Perisic, Schieber.
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to our live matchcast for the Champions League Group D encounter between Ajax and Borussia Dortmund at the Amsterdam ArenA.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL! Ajax 1-4 Dortmund. Sublime skill and pass from Eriksen sends Hoesen through and his deflected shot loops over the keeper and into the net.
    • 67' GOAL! 4-0 now. Lewandowski volleys in from a tight angle after a clipped ball in from Gotze. GAME OVER.
    • 53' WOW! Looked like a penalty. The ref seemed to point to the spot. Gotze goes down in the area but it looks like he may have dived.
    • 41' GOAL! 3-0 to Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski taps home the rebound after Gotze's deflected shot came back off the keeper.
    • 36' 2-0. Gotze races in behind the Ajax defence and cuts in from the left before firing a shot in at the near post.
    • 8' GOAL! Dortmund spring forward down the left. Mario Gotze picks out the run of Marco Reus who slips the ball under the keeper. Sublime move.
    • 18.50 AJAX: Vermeer, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, Van Rhijn, Poulsen, Enoh, Eriksen, De Jong, Boerrigter, Lukoki... Subs: Cillessen, Veltman, Dijks, Schone, Sana, Hoesen, Fischer./// BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Bender, Gundogan, Gotze, Reus, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski... Subs: Langerak, Lowe, Felipe Santana, Leitner, Blaszczykowski, Perisic, Schieber.
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  • Ajax

    Manager: Frank De Boer

  • Borussia Dortmund

    Manager: Jürgen Klopp

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