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Match facts: Real Madrid v Ajax

Published: Saturday 24 September 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Real Madrid v Ajax
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Published: Saturday 24 September 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Real Madrid v Ajax

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones
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UEFA Champions League statistics
• Madrid had 11 shots on goal on matchday one, the joint highest total in the competition along with LOSC Lille Métropole and Chelsea FC. Cristiano Ronaldo managed four of them, more than any other player involved.

• The Spanish team were caught offside on seven occasions in their first game, more than any other team.

• Coach José Mourinho completes a three-game suspension; Marcelo is also banned following his red card on matchday one.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 24 September: Real Madrid CF 6-2 Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (Ronaldo 39 51pen 84pen,
Higuaín 45+1, Varane 67, Benzema 73; Michu 1 55)

Casillas; Ramos, Varane, Albiol, Marcelo; Di María, Diarra (Özil 29), Alonso, Kaká (Khedira 59), Ronaldo; Higuaín (Benzema 59)

• Cristiano Ronaldo, who struck a Liga record 40 goals in 2010/11, ended a three-game goal drought with his second hat-trick this term. He has scored ten in his last eight appearances for club and country.

• Ángel Di María was sent off just before the hour, with Raphael Varane later scoring his first Madrid goal.

• A 1-0 loss to Levante UD on 18 September ended Madrid's nine-game unbeaten run on the road in the Liga, a sequence dating back to their 1-0 defeat by CA Osasuna in late January.

• Madrid failed to score for the second successive top-flight match when, with Varane making his debut, they drew 0-0 with Real Racing Club three days later. It was their first back-to-back Liga blanks since January/February 2007.

• Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as the Merengues began their Liga campaign with a 6-0 victory at Real Zaragoza on 28 August, the best ever opening-day win by an away team in Spain's top division.

• The first round of matches – and Madrid's home game against Athletic Club – was postponed due to a players' strike.

• The Merengues lost 5-4 on aggregate to FC Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, following a 2-2 home draw on 14 August with a 3-2 defeat at the Camp Nou three days later.

Injury news
• Ricardo Carvalho missed the Rayo triumph with concussion suffered against Racing.

• Hamit Altıntop (back) and Nuri Şahin (knee ligaments) are yet to make their Madrid debuts.

• Sami Khedira was sent off against Levante on what was his first appearance since suffering an adductor injury in the Spanish Super Cup second leg on 17 August.

• Pepe (left thigh) and Fábio Coentrão (left calf) will miss the Ajax match with injuries sustained at Levante. Kaká returned to the starting lineup in that game after a bruised heel prevented him from featuring on matchday one.

Summer transfers
Nuri Şahin (Borussia Dortmund)
Hamit Altıntop (FC Bayern München)
José Callejón (RCD Espanyol)
Raphaël Varane (RC Lens)
Fábio Coentrão (SL Benfica)

Royston Drenthe (Everton FC, loan)
Fernando Gago (AS Roma, loan)
Pedro León (Getafe CF, loan)
Sergio Canales (Valencia CF, loan)
Ezequiel Garay (SL Benfica)
Jerzy Dudek (retired)


UEFA milestones
• Ajax have conceded 295 goals in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Ajax committed seven fouls in their first game, the joint lowest total along with Arsenal FC.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 24 September: AFC Ajax 1-1 FC Twente (Sulejmani 10; De Jong 87)
Vermeer; Van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita; De Jong, Eriksen, Janssen; Sulejmani (Enoh 63), Sigthórsson (Bulykin 81), Boerrigter

• Unused substitute Lorenzo Ebecilio returned from suspension as Frank de Boer's team stretched their unbeaten run to 13 Eredivisie matches, winning ten since a 3-2 loss at ADO Den Haag on 20 March. It was, however, the end of Ajax's ten-game winning streak at home in the Eredivisie.

• Ajax have not kept a clean sheet in domestic competition in 14 games, though the goalless draw with Olympique Lyonnais was the first time Ajax had prevented the opposition scoring in 12 games in all competitions.

• Four days after making his Ajax debut as a substitute on matchday one, Dmitri Bulykin scored his first goal for the Dutch champions in a 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven.

• Bulykin was also on target during his first start for the club on 21 September as Ajax, beaten finalists last term, started their Dutch Cup campaign with a 3-1 second round win at third tier VV Noordwijk. Debutant Lesley de Sa rounded off the scoring for the visitors.

• Ajax started their season with a 2-1 defeat by Twente in the Dutch Super Cup at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Injury news
• Miralem Sulejmani returned against Twente from the hamstring injury he sustained on matchday one.

• Vurnon Anita also made his comeback against Twente after bruising an ankle against PSV. Nicolai Boilesen is expected to be out for six weeks after tearing his right hamstring during the same match.

• Aras Özbiliz's first game of the season following a back problem, at Noordwijk, was cut short by an ankle injury.

• Bruno Silva dislocated a shoulder last winter and is not in Ajax's UEFA Champions League squad.

Summer transfers
Mats Rits (K. Beerschot AC)
Thulani Serero (Ajax Cape Town FC)
Theo Janssen (FC Twente)
Derk Boerrigter (RKC Waalwijk)
Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (AZ Alkmaar)
Jasper Cillessen (NEC Nijmegen)
Dmitri Bulykin (RSC Anderlecht)

Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma)
Demy de Zeeuw (FC Spartak Moskva)
Marvin Zeegelaar (RCD Espanyol)
Rasmus Lindgren (FC Salzburg)
Mitchell Donald (Roda JC)
Hyun Jun Suk (FC Groningen)
Ronald Graafland (Feyenoord)
Evander Sno (RKC Waalwijk)
Oleguer (released)
Thimothée Atouba (released)
Darío Cvitanich (CA Boca Juniors, loan)
Florian Jozefzoon (NAC Breda, loan)
Roly Bonevacia (NAC Breda, loan)

Last updated: 26/09/11 13.31CET

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