Tuesday December 4, 2012 Group Stage: Group D Finished BernabÚu

Real Madrid 4 - 1 Ajax

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 13’
  • Callejón 28’, 88’
  • Kaká 49’
  • Boerrigter 60’

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  1. Champions League - Ajax book Europa spot despite Madrid loss

    Champions League - Ajax book Europa spot despite Madrid loss

    Ajax secured a place in the Europa League despite losing 4-1 in their Champions League Group D clash at Real Madrid. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Ajax
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: 4-1 win for Real Madrid. Second place for Madrid and it looks like Ajax will take a place in the Europa League. All eyes on Dortmund for the final seconds there.
    • 90+2' Morata played in for a fifth.... great goalkeeping denies the youngster.
    • 90+1' Modric strikes a low effort from the edge of the box. Easy for the keeper.
    • 90' De Boer won't be happy with the defeat but progress is what matters.
    • 89' That seals a comfortable night for Madrid. It looks like everyone wins in the Bernabeu tonight.
    • 88' GOAL! 4-1. Callejon nods home his second of the night from Morata's right-wing cross.
    • 87' Modric clips in a corner from the right but it's easily cleared at the near post.
    • 86' Ajax's winless run in Spain is going to continue but they won't care so long as City keep losing in Germany.
    • 85' The Germany star is on his feet and the game is back underway. Real attempting to kill the final few moments with some possession football.
    • 84' Khedira down clutching his ankle.
    • 83' It's been much improved by Ajax since the hour mark. If they'd started like this then they would have had a shout of getting a more positive result.
    • 82' Dortmund still leading Man City. It's going to need some turnaround for Ajax to miss out on the Europa League now.
    • 81' Ronaldo booked for dissent.
    • 80' Real have cruised through this game since notching the third and could easily have been punished by Ajax with more composed finishing.
    • 79' Benzema replaced by Alvaro Morata.
    • 77' Eriksen fires a free-kick well over the top as Ajax continue to press.
    • 76' Double substitution. Tobias Sana on for Fischer and Eyong Enoh on for Hoesen.
    • 75' Ricardo Carvalho booked.
    • 74' Eriksen curls a 25 yarder towards goal that Adan does well to keep out.
    • 73' Still Ajax asking the questions and they are left cursing their luck as Boerrigter's touch eludes him in the six yard box. Great ball in from Eriksen though.
    • 72' A nice moment between Mourinho and Rodriguez on the touchline. The boss sharing a joke with the teenager to help settle his nerves.
    • 71' Kaka replaced by the youngster, Rodriguez.
    • 70' He'll become Madrid's youngest ever CL player. A moment of history awaits.
    • 69' Jese Rodriguez about to come on for Real.
    • 68' And here come Ajax again. Madrid struggling to get a sniff of the ball at present.
    • 67' Hoesen has been in good form of late too. He struck his third goal in four games against PSV. Should have had another there. It would have made it very interesting.
    • 66' Daniel Hoesen gets in behind the Real defence but smashes his effort way over the bar. Great chance wasted.
    • 65' News of that Dortmund goal must have spread through the Ajax camp. Suddenly they look like a different side.
    • 64' Boerrigter curls one around the wall but it's well held by Adan.
    • 63' Free-kick to Ajax in a dangerous position 25 yards out.
    • 62' Keep an eye on Dortmund v City. View the live matchcast of Dortmund v Man City
    • 61' A good few minutes for Ajax as news filters through that Dortmund are beating City.
    • 60' GOAL! Real 3-1 Ajax. Adan comes into no man's land and is punished by Derk Boerrigter who is there to seize upon his poor punch and steer into an empty net.
    • 59' Blind feeds Fischer who flashes a shot wide from just inside the area.
    • 58' Straight into the grateful arms of Adan. A better delivery is needed.
    • 57' Decent spell for Ajax after coneding the third. Corner ball earned by Fischer.
    • 56' A reminder of how it stands - Ajax will qualify for the Europa League if Manchester City do not beat Dortmund.
    • 55' Varane ghosts down the right and crosses for Benzema who somehow fails to connect with a header. Should be four.
    • 54' Adan called into some rare action. Good hands from the reserve stopper.
    • 53' Eriksen feeds Blind on the overlap but the defender's drive is well wide of the near post.
    • 52' Ronaldo peels away down the left and cuts across a low ball that is cleared at the near post. There are more goals here for Madrid if they really want it.
    • 51' Want to keep an eye on what's going on in Germany? View the live matchcast of Dortmund v Man City
    • 50' Game over for Ajax. It's all down to what City do in Dortmund now.
    • 49' GOAL! 3-0 Madrid. Kaka runs at goal and unleashes a 25 yarder that flies into the top corner. Poor closing down by Ajax but a great finish.
    • 48' Ajax will be nervously keeping an eye on what is going on in Dortmund. As it stands they go into the Europa League by the skin of their teeth.
    • 47' Almost three. Benzema and Ronaldo both a yard or two away from tucking home Khedira's delicious right-wing cross.
    • 46' Real Madrid restart the match.
    • 45+2' HALF-TIME: Real Madrid 2-0 Ajax. Goals from Ronaldo and Callejon leave Ajax's Europa League hopes in the balance.
    • 45+1' One minute of added time.
    • 45' Varane rises well but guides his header over the top.
    • 44' Another corner for Madrid.
    • 43' Thoughts on the first half? Get involved and tweet us your thoughts.
    • 42' Viktor Fischer cuts inside and shoots straight Adan. Finally an opportunity for the away side.
    • 41' The corner causes more chaos in the Ajax box but deflects off a defender to safety. That could have gone anywhere.
    • 40' Lasse Schone on for Christian Poulsen.
    • 40' Sami Khedira shoots! Great save Vermeer.
    • 39' Wondering what's going on elsewhere in Group D? View the live matchcast of Dortmund v Man City
    • 38' That really was poor from Eriksen. He's got a reputation as the 'new' Laudrup but he's not showing anything to suggest why he's so highly-rated so far tonight.
    • 37' Eriksen lines it up.... what a waste. Straight at the wall and easily cleared.
    • 36' Free-kick to Ajax in a decent position on the right. Can they test Madrid's back-up keeper?
    • 35' A good spell for Ajax but whenever they give the ball away Madrid look likely to pounce.
    • 34' Prior to kick off Ronaldo boasted 22 attempts on target, more than any other player in the CL. He's added a fair few to that already tonight.
    • 33' Ronaldo cracks one towards goal that takes an almighty deflection. Fortunately for Vermeer it dribbles right into his hands.
    • 32' Delightful flick by Ronaldo picks out Benzema who is brought down on the edge of the box. ANOTHER free-kick.
    • 31' Vermeer flaps at the corner and eventually the ball is worked to Nacho who fires way over the bar.
    • 30' It's all Madrid here. A corner to the hosts and they haven't got out of second gear yet.
    • 29' Another free-kick. Ronaldo shoots from 35 yards but the wall does its job.
    • 28' GOAL! 2-0 MADRID. Jose Callejon races onto Modric's through pass and coolly slips the ball in off the far post. A mountain to climb for the visitors now.
    • 27' Only one team in it now. Ajax still have a chance even if they lose. But they need to improve if they are to keep their destiny in their own hands.
    • 26' The Real star fizzes in the shot that Vermeer pushes away in a somewhat bizarre fashion.
    • 25' And he could have another one here. Free-kick to Madrid 25 yards out.
    • 24' Another stat for you: Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 16 goals in his last 15 Champions League appearances.
    • 23' Meanwhile, Ajax coach, de Boer is getting just what he had anticipated - a tough match regardless of who turns out for the Spanish champions. He said: "It won't be a weak Real Madrid team even though some important players are not going to play. Xabi Alonso is a fantastic player and Iker Casillas is probably the best goalkeeper in the world, but the team have enough without them. Victory against PSV gave us strength. We proved we could beat a great opponent playing the way we want."
    • 22' Pepe on for the injured Coentrao.
    • 21' Ahead of the match Real coach Jose Mourinho claimed his side have enjoyed success in Group D despite finishing as runners-up. He said: "I think our qualification is a success in this group because a candidate to win the title will be out. Manchester City are a powerful team with great attacking skill and Borussia Dortmund are among the best in Europe. We must play with the desire to win in our mind. Obviously, we will try to win."
    • 20' Superb run down the left by Blind ends with a sizzling cross that is brilliantly touched clear on the stretch by Varane.
    • 19' The visitors make a hash of defending the near post delivery but are fortunate that the ball drops away from the Madrid attackers.
    • 18' A succession of Madrid corners. Ajax need to be strong here.
    • 17' Benzema races down the right, cuts inside a weak challenge and drills in a shot that Kenneth Vermeer pushes to safety.
    • 16' That goal was a real blow to Ajax. They had started quite brightly but look like they will be carved open at will by the hosts.
    • 15' Free-kick to Madrid on the far left. Ronaldo to take - well blocked by the wall.
    • 14' That was Ronaldo's 21st goal of the season - in his 22nd game. Impressive.
    • 13' GOAL! 1-0 REAL MADRID. Benzema gets in behind the Ajax defence and picks out Ronaldo who smashes the ball into an empty net.
    • 11' Coentrao marauds into the box, receives a pass from Luka Modric and stabs a shot against the post. First real opportunity goes to the hosts.
    • 10' Christian Eriksen is played in down the left. The Dane has acres to run into but treads on the ball and the break is lost. Poor touch by the Ajax man.
    • 10' Likewise, if Ajax lose this match, it will be their worst ever performance in a Champions League Group. So something is likely to give when the full-time whistle blows.
    • 9' I'm reliably informed that if Real Madrid don’t win this match, it will their worst ever performance in a Champions League Group Stage. Not bad considering they are still going to qualify.
    • 8' Karim Benzema gets a sight of goal but sees his long ranger well blocked. And seconds later the Frenchman has the ball in the net from close range but the flag is up and the goal is disallowed.
    • 7' Daley Blind breaks down the left but sends a high cross over the bar. A wasted opportunity.
    • 6' Ajax's last success in Spain was a 3-2 victory at Atletico Madrid in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Current coach Frank De Boer played and his brother Ronald scored.
    • 5' A nice STAT: Real's draw in Manchester on matchday 5 was Mourinho's 100th UEFA Champions League game as a coach. It is a tally surpassed only by Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti.
    • 4' Ajax have started quite brightly with some tidy possession early doors. No action of note yet.
    • 3' Madrid's home record against teams from the Netherlands is W9 D1 L2. The visitors' away record against Spanish sides is W5 D2 L7.
    • 2' These two great names of the European game have met five times in the past three seasons and Madrid have won each game, registering an aggregate 16-1 goal difference. The most recent was a 4-1 victory in Amsterdam in October.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Ajax get us underway.
    • 19.43 A big occasion for Ajax tonight. Can they keep their European adventure alive? Things could get interesting, so stick with us and make sure you don't miss a kick.
    • 19.42 Ajax also faced a fierce rival at the weekend. The Amsterdam outfit thumped PSV Eindhoven 3-1 to give them a huge lift ahead of the encounter in the Bernabeu. Eredivisie standings
    • 19.40 Ronaldo ended a run of three games without a goal – the longest he has gone without registering this season – by striking direct from a free-kick as Los Merengues closed the gap on second-placed Atletico to five points. It was Ronaldo's eighth goal in as many Madrid derbies. La Liga's top scorers
    • 19.35 Madrid warmed up for tonight's encounter with a 2-0 derby success over second-placed Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil were on target. La Liga standings
    • 19.30 Elsewhere in Group D, Manchester City need to win in Dortmund to keep their bid for a Europa League spot alive. View the live matchcast of Dortmund v Man City
    • 19.15 Real Madrid have already qualified for the knockout stage as Group D runners-up. Ajax are currently third and in a battle with Man City to clinch the Europa League spot. Ajax lead City by a point. Group D standings
    • 19.10 As expected, Jose Mourinho has rested some of his key personnel tonight, with six changes to the team that drew at Manchester City on matchday five. Iker Casillas is replaced by Antonio Adan with Raphaal Varane, Ricardo Carvalho, Nacho, Jose Callejon and Kaka also in. The Brazilian attacker has been handed the captain's armband. For Ajax Toby Alderweireld is fit to start while Daniel Hoesen will be looking to add to his tally of three goals in his last four matches.
    • 18.46 Confirmed team news - REAL MADRID: Adan, Varane, Coentrao, Carvalho, Nacho, Khedira, Kaka, Modric, Callejon, Ronaldo, Benzema...Subs: Fernandez, Pepe, Ozil, Di Maria, Rodriguez, Cheryshev, Morata /// AJAX: Vermeer, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, Van Rhijn, Poulsen, Eriksen, De Jong, Boerrigter, Hoesen, Fischer...Subs: Cillessen, Veltman, Dijks, Enoh, Schone, Sana, Lukoki.
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to our live matchcast of the Champions League Group D clash between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Bernabeu.
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL! 4-1. Callejon nods home his second of the night from Morata's right-wing cross.
    • 66' Daniel Hoesen gets in behind the Real defence but smashes his effort way over the bar. Great chance wasted.
    • 60' GOAL! Real 3-1 Ajax. Adan comes into no man's land and is punished by Derk Boerrigter who is there to seize upon his poor punch and steer into an empty net.
    • 49' GOAL! 3-0 Madrid. Kaka runs at goal and unleashes a 25 yarder that flies into the top corner. Poor closing down by Ajax but a great finish.
    • 28' GOAL! 2-0 MADRID. Jose Callejon races onto Modric's through pass and coolly slips the ball in off the far post. A mountain to climb for the visitors now.
    • 13' GOAL! 1-0 REAL MADRID. Benzema gets in behind the Ajax defence and picks out Ronaldo who smashes the ball into an empty net.
    • 11' Coentrao marauds into the box, receives a pass from Luka Modric and stabs a shot against the post. First real opportunity goes to the hosts.
    • 18.46 Confirmed team news - REAL MADRID: Adan, Varane, Coentrao, Carvalho, Nacho, Khedira, Kaka, Modric, Callejon, Ronaldo, Benzema...Subs: Fernandez, Pepe, Ozil, Di Maria, Rodriguez, Cheryshev, Morata /// AJAX: Vermeer, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, Van Rhijn, Poulsen, Eriksen, De Jong, Boerrigter, Hoesen, Fischer...Subs: Cillessen, Veltman, Dijks, Enoh, Schone, Sana, Lukoki.
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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Ajax

    Manager: Frank De Boer

  • Line-up

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.6 6
      Defenders
      5.9 7
      Yellow Card 5.9 6
      6 7
      Substitution Out23′ 5.6 5
      Midfielders
      6 6
      6.9 7
      Goals ×2 7 7
      Goal Substitution Out72′ 7.2 6
      Goal Yellow Card 7.3 8
      Strikers
      Substitution Out81′ 7 7
      Subs
      Substitution In23′ 6.3 6
      Substitution In81′ 6.6 5
      Substitution In72′ 5.8 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      3.5 6
      Defenders
      4 6
      4 5
      4.5 6
      3.6 7
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out40′ 3.8 5
      4.1 6
      5.6 6
      Strikers
      Goal 4.1 7
      Substitution Out77′ 3.8 7
      Substitution Out77′ 4.3 6
      Subs
      Substitution In40′ 6 6
      Substitution In77′ 5.8 6
      Substitution In77′ 5 6

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  1. syafiq kaka is better than di maria thats why he was­ voted world best player before but for some unknown­ reason mourinho never lets him play.

    From Genessi, on Wed 5 Dec 12:32
  2. Real Madrid = 0 without Ozil & Khedira !!!

    From Ali, on Wed 5 Dec 5:29
  3. awesome!! give kaka regular played.. he sometimes­ played well than di maria..

    From syafiq, on Tue 4 Dec 22:52
  4. Amir are you gay? Why do you think everybody is gay,­ for being Handsom? Soccer has nothing and even in­ Basketball in the USA have gays. Cristiano Ronaldo had­ a BABY before mmmmessigay. What does that tell you? Do­ you know how messi ended in Barcelona at 11 yrs old?­ Read and let us know. Cristiano Ronaldo has only been­ playing at Real Madrid for 3yrs. And in 3 different­ leagues, different players and on and on and he is not­ a NR 10 a stricker(9)(10). well, on and on. Just read a­ little and READ well, if you can. Maybe you did not go­ to school. Ask some friends to read to you. #$%$/Gay is­ not vocabulary.... in fact is lack of.

    From Edwardo, on Tue 4 Dec 22:39
  5. whenever Mr. Cristiano Ronaldo scores they win. Why? ­ Why Di Maria is not playing like last year supply the­ balls. Higuain: zero, Benzima has days- one good two­ bad. Ozil, was better last year to impress, this year­ is as Higuain. Why this team is useless, is not the­ Manager, is the different nationalities--- Cristiano­ Ronaldo-Messi-- Argentina players helping the­ Argentinians. Last year they had to prove they were­ good to get money. Di Maria Useless.Higuain-Useless.­ Ozil- almost useless. Arbeola- always in front of­ attacker, never behind. The youngster Alan always­ trying and getting better- what a future! Kaka- Once in­ a blue moon, I know he is old, but very good salary.­ Callejon, best and Cristiano Ronaldo. Good luck to you­ Real Madrid and Mr. Mourinho. Win th champions . Madrid­ are the team forever.

    From Edwardo, on Tue 4 Dec 22:04
  6. i like how the match commentator highlights Hoesen goal­ against PSV, but has clearly not seen it. Hoesen­ declared the goal as Fischers. It was Hoesen who poked­ the ball in, but not even a meter from goal. Fischer­ slipped past 4 players before passing it to him. If­ you don't know the full measure of the facts, then­ don't mention them. MATCH COMMENTATOR, read and­ learn from us down here who know a thing or two.

    From Kasper, on Tue 4 Dec 21:14
  7. i'm still waiting for your answer match­ commentator.

    From Kasper, on Tue 4 Dec 20:36
  8. "That really was poor from Eriksen. He's got a­ reputation as the 'new' Laudrup but he's­ not showing anything to suggest why he's so­ highly-rated so far tonight." A young player at 20­ years who is a huge talent, not a star yet, can't­ shoot a freekick into the wall without having to hear­ "If your the new Laudrup, then why do you do­ that". How dumb are you match tracker? i know you­ read the comments so please answer? And is it Eriksens­ fault that Ajax are playing really poor tonight? Does a­ TEAM have I in it? Does a team depend on one player? No­ i don't think so. Try understanding the game­ ignorant.

    From Kasper, on Tue 4 Dec 20:28
  9. Real Madrid = Ozil & Khedira !!!

    From Doctor, on Tue 4 Dec 20:20
  10. or 2-0 real madrid kaka 26 benzema 66

    From Jordan, on Tue 4 Dec 19:55
  11. the one who rated the players is an ignorant

    From Kasper, on Tue 4 Dec 19:53
  12. just kaka

    From Jamshid A, on Tue 4 Dec 19:18
  13. BAHAH! THAT PHOTO!

    From , on Tue 4 Dec 19:16
  14. COME ON REAL MADRID!! LUKA MODRIC!! Croatian Storm­ 1995.

    From Luka, on Tue 4 Dec 19:06
  15. 3-1 real madrid ozil 12 de jong 35 callejon 54 ronaldo­ 82

    From Jordan, on Tue 4 Dec 13:10
  16. Why do mou like to use Di maria i prefer Ozil or­ Callejon

    From Abubakarr Jalloh, on Tue 4 Dec 12:49
  17. I think JM is now beginning to get his starting line­ right especially in the midfield. This should have been­ it all along: Modric, Callejon and Ozil. I expect a­ very good game from Madrid today. JM please do not­ change this midfield anymore. Back in the league, you­ can bring back ramos and arbeloa. You will notice that­ Ronaldo will see alot of play today and the strike­ force should be lethal because of the ample midfield­ talents. I am sorry to say but Di Maria's form has­ deepened of late. He needs some rest and experiments­ with say copa del rey. Please JM stick to this midfield­ and all the controversies will disappear. I wish u­ luck.

    From General, on Tue 4 Dec 12:24
  18. Only Ozil & Khedira

    From Doctor, on Tue 4 Dec 9:57
  19. only *** REAL MADRID ***

    From SHARK, on Tue 4 Dec 5:33
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