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Match facts: Ajax v Real Madrid

Published: Sunday 4 December 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Ajax v Real Madrid
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Published: Sunday 4 December 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Ajax v Real Madrid


UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Ajax have collected five yellow cards so far; the lowest total in the competition.

• Eyong Enoh will incur a ban with his next yellow card.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 December: AFC Ajax 4-1 SBV Excelsior (Vertonghen 11 38, Sulejmani 63pen, Lodeiro 67; Maatsen 45)
Vermeer; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Blind; Anita, Enoh (Ligeon 42), Eriksen, Janssen; Sulejmani, Lodeiro (Klaassen 69), Aissati (Ebecilio 46)

• Ajax ended a run of four successive home league draws with only their third win in ten Eredivisie matches, beating an Excelsior side reduced to ten men when Samuel Scheimann was sent off on 37 minutes.

• Davy Klaassen, an 80th-minute substitute, scored 60 seconds into his league debut as Ajax won 3-0 at NEC Nijmegen on 27 November. Ruben Ligeon made his first start; Ismäil Aissati featured for the first time this season.

• Klaassen, 18, joins an illustrious list of Ajax alumni − including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, Patrick Kluivert and Ronald de Boer − to have marked their league debut with a goal.

• On 6 November, Ajax suffered a 6-4 defeat at FC Utrecht – the fourth successive game they had struck four goals. It was only the seventh time the Amsterdam outfit have conceded six or more.

• That defeat left Ajax with 20 points in 12 Eredivisie outings this season, their worst start to a campaign since an identical opening to 1996/97 under Louis van Gaal. Then title holders, they went on to finish fourth.

• Frank de Boer's team will host AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Cup round of 16 on 21 December.

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

Injury news
• Aissati was taken off with a swollen ankle against Excelsior.

• Kenneth Vermeer went off 16 minutes from time against NEC with a leg injury but started on Saturday; Gregory van der Wiel missed the Excelsior match with a minor groin problem.

• Siem de Jong (out since 6 November, torn thigh muscle), André Ooijer (15 November, hamstring), Derk Boerrigter (19 November, back) and Dimitri Bulykin (19 November, calf) remain sidelined.

• Kolbeinn Sigthórsson is out for the rest of the year after sustaining an ankle injury on 2 October; Nicolai Boilesen has not played since tearing a hamstring on 18 September.

• The meeting with Madrid will mark a year and one day since Frank de Boer replaced Martin Jol at the helm; his first game was a 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory over AC Milan on 8 December 2010.

• Klaassen, who made his Ajax debut on matchday five, has since signed a four-year deal tying him to the club until summer 2016.

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones
• Madrid recorded their 250th win in UEFA competition on matchday five.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Madrid have scored 16 goals, the joint highest total with FC Barcelona. Two goals conceded is the best defensive record, shared with Olympique de Marseille. They have had 51 shots on goal; more than any other side.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 December: Real Sporting de Gijón 0-3 Real Madrid CF (Di María 34, Ronaldo 64, Marcelo 90+2)
Casillas; Coentrão, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Diarra, Khedira; Di María (Albiol 74) Özil (Kaká 80), Ronaldo; Higuaín (Benzema 76)

• Madrid claimed their 14th successive win in all competitions and are now just one shy of their club record set in 1960/61; the hosts had Sebastián Eguren sent off ten minutes from time.

• The Merengues came from behind to defeat nine-man Club Atlético de Madrid 4-1 on 26 November, their seventh successive derby win.

• Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties at home to Atlético, and has scored 17 successive spot kicks since failing against UD Almería on 5 December 2009.

• Ronaldo struck his 11th Liga hat-trick for Madrid, and fourth of the campaign, in a 7-1 home win against CA Osasuna on 6 November. He is one treble away from matching Ferenc Puskás's 12 for the club, but has some distance to go to catch Alfredo Di Stéfano, who registered a record 22 league hat-tricks for the Merengues.

• Ronaldo, who struck a Liga record 40 goals in 2010/11, has scored 27 times in 26 games for club and country this season.

• By defeating Málaga CF 4-0 on 22 October, Madrid scored four goals or more for the fourth successive league game; the first time the feat has been achieved in the club's history.

• Madrid lost 5-4 on aggregate to FC Barcelona in August's Spanish Super Cup.

• The Copa del Rey holders begin their defence against third-tier SD Ponferradina on 13 and 20 December.

Injury news
• Kaká, out with a calf problem since 29 October, made his comeback as a late substitute at Sporting Gijón.

• Marcelo (out since 19 November, thigh) and Ángel Di María (6 November, hamstring) returned to action against Atlético. Ronaldo ended the match with an ankle knock but was fit to face Sporting.

• Álvaro Arbeloa has not featured since suffering a hamstring injury in the 3-2 win at Valencia CF on 19 November.

• Ricardo Carvalho recovered from concussion to face AFC Ajax on matchday two but has since been out with a back problem and his return was further delayed on 30 November when he strained knee ligaments in training.

• Six Madrid players have been nominated for the FIFA FIFPro World XI, which will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich on 9 January: Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Kaká, Mesut Özil, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

• On Monday Ronaldo was named on the three-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or; José Mourinho is one of three in contention for the men's Coach of the Year prize.

• Casillas overtook Andoni Zubizarreta as Spain's most capped player when he made his 127th appearance for the national team in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica on 15 November.

Last updated: 05/12/11 13.45CET

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