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Match facts: Ajax v Real Madrid

Published: Saturday 20 November 2010, 21.45CET
Match facts: Ajax v Real Madrid
Marcelo (left) evades Ajax's Demy de Zeeuw on Matchday 1 ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 20 November 2010, 21.45CET

Match facts: Ajax v Real Madrid

Ajax

UEFA milestones
• Toby Alderweireld's goal on Matchday 4 was Ajax's 100th in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• André Ooijer is available again having served a one-game ban following his dismissal on Matchday 3 while Luis Suárez will incur a suspension with his next booking.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 20 November: AFC Ajax 0-0 PSV Eindhoven
Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita (Sulejmani 58); De Zeeuw, De Jong (Lindgren 75), Enoh; Suárez, El Hamdaoui, Emanuelson

• Rasmus Lindgren was dismissed in added time as Martin Jol's team failed to score for the third successive Eredivisie match, the first time they have done so since October/November 2005 when they went four games without a goal.

• Ajax have lost three of their last five matches in all competitions, their worst run of form since January/February 2009.

• ADO Den Haag inflicted Ajax's second league reverse of the campaign on 7 November, the 1-0 home loss followed a week later by a 2-0 setback at AZ Alkmaar in which Ooijer was sent off.

• Those back-to-back league defeats came after just two losses in Ajax's previous 31 Eredivisie games.

• On as a half-time substitute, Mido headed his first goal since rejoining Ajax as the holders defeated second-tier BV Veendam 3-0 at home in the Dutch Cup round of 32 on 11 November. AZ visit the Amsterdam ArenA in the last 16 on 23 December.

Injury news
• Florian Jozefzoon missed the PSV game due to a knee injury sustained while on international duty.

• Oleguer made his comeback as a late substitute against Den Haag after suffering a broken nose on Matchday 3, but missed the AZ and PSV matches due to a muscle problem in his left leg.

• Thimothée Atouba, out with a left knee injury since August 2009, was sent off on his comeback for the reserves on 25 October.

• Nicolás Lodeiro has not played since fracturing his right foot at the FIFA World Cup, and was ruled out until the new year on 23 October when he broke a bone in the same foot while training.

• Evander Sno had an internal defibrillator fitted after passing out during a reserve fixture on 13 September because of a suspected heart problem. He returned in a reserve friendly on 11 November.

• Kenneth Vermeer tore his right Achilles in training on 12 August and is expected to be sidelined for six months.

International duty
• Wednesday 17 November
Netherlands 1-0 Turkey, friendly − Maarten Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Wiel
Russia 0-2 Belgium, friendly – Jan Vertonghen
Bulgaria 0-1 Serbia, friendly − Miralem Sulejmani (sub)
Chile 2-0 Uruguay, friendly − Luis Suárez
Denmark 0-0 Czech Republic, friendly – Christian Eriksen (sub)
Denmark 1-3 Netherlands, U21 friendly − Daley Blind, Florian Jozefzoon (sub)

• Jozefzoon made his U21 debut in the Jong Oranje's victory in Denmark.

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones
• Gonzalo Higuaín's goal on Matchday 4 was Madrid's 700th in the European Champion Clubs' Cup.

• Madrid have scored 295 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Madrid have had 39 shots on target and 45 shots wide, both more than any other team.

• Cristiano Ronaldo has had 12 shots on goal, the joint highest total in the competition along with Lionel Messi, and 13 shots wide, more than any other player.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 20 November: Real Madrid CF 5-1 Athletic Club
(Higuaín 19, Ronaldo 30 62 90+2pen, Ramos 57pen; Llorente 40)
Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Khedira (Lassana Diarra 68), Alonso, Di María, Özil (Granero 78); Ronaldo, Higuaín (Benzema 76)

• Victory against Athletic was the 250th Liga win of Iker Casillas's career.

• Higuaín was Madrid's match-winner in a 1-0 victory at Real Sporting de Gijón on 14 November.

• Four days earlier, José Mourinho's side reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey courtesy of a 5-1 second-leg defeat of Real Murcia CF. The first encounter finished goalless.

• Goals from Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Özil earned Los Merengues a 2-0 win against Club Atlético de Madrid on 7 November.

• Madrid are 25 games unbeaten in all competitions, a sequence dating back to a 2-0 defeat by FC Barcelona on 10 April.

• Madrid have scored 27 goals in their last seven Liga outings; they mustered six in their opening five.

• Ronaldo has struck 17 goals in his last 14 games for club and country.

• Madrid have won their last 12 home games in all competitions.

• Madrid host Levante UD on 22 December in the first leg of the teams' Copa del Rey last-16 tie. The return takes place on 5 January.

Injury news
• Lassana Diarra (groin) made his first appearance since Matchday 3 as a late substitute against Sporting.

• Higuaín (back) and Sami Khedira (hamstring) have been ruled out of the Ajax game after being forced off against Athletic by injury.

• Ezequiel Garay and Fernando Gago (both knee) are yet to play for Madrid this term.

• Kaká could miss the group stage having undergone surgery on his left knee in early August.

International duty
• Wednesday 17 November
Portugal 4-0 Spain, friendly – Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe (sub); Iker Casillas, Álvaro Arbeloa (sub), Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso
Argentina 1-0 Brazil, friendly – Ángel Di María, Gonzalo Higuaín
Sweden 0-0 Germany, friendly − Sami Khedira
England 1-2 France, friendly − Karim Benzema (1 goal)
Mali 3-1 Congo DR, friendly − Mahamadou Diarra

• Casillas conceded four goals for the first time in 116 appearances for Spain.

Miscellaneous
• Casillas, Alonso, Özil and Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, the winner of which will be announced in Zurich on 10 January. Mourinho is one of ten nominees for the coach award.

• Madrid's fixture against Barcelona at the Camp Nou will take place on 29 November to avoid clashing with local elections the previous weekend.

• On 4 November, Rubén de la Red, 25, announced his retirement due to a heart problem. The midfielder, who scored once in 17 Liga appearances for Madrid, will remain with the club as a coach.

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