Amsterdam ArenA - Amsterdam 03/10/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group D

Ajax - Real Madrid
1-4
 

Ajax - Real Madrid 1-4 - 03/10/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

Loading....

 
The official website for European football

Ronaldo treble sinks Ajax as Madrid soar

Published: Wednesday 3 October 2012, 22.00CET
Ronaldo treble sinks Ajax as Madrid soar 
Ajax-Real Madrid player reaction ©AFP/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid CF maintained their 100% record in UEFA Champions League Group D with a 4-1 victory at AFC Ajax.

The Merengues started with Ángel Di María, Mesut Özil and Gonzalo Higuaín on the bench but still had more than enough top-class talent on the pitch to dominate the opening 45 minutes. Ronaldo broke the deadlock on 42 minutes after good work by Karim Benzema. The provider then turned finisher, doubling Madrid's lead moments after half-time with a spectacular volley. Niklas Moisander's header briefly brought Ajax back into contention but Ronaldo sealed the points – and laid claim to the match ball – with two clinical strikes.

Match in 5

  • First UEFA Champions League hat-trick for Ronaldo
  • Madrid top Group D after second win
  • First Ajax goal in three games is small consolation
  • Two assists and spectacular goal for Benzema
  • Goalkeeper Vermeer heroics in vain

Reaction

We never really reached levels we are capable of. They are all stars in that team, four world and European champions. I wanted to see our style too but tonight I’m afraid I didn’t.

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

Until Ajax scored I was very impressed with my team. Having two wins and six points at this stage in such a tough group means we can feel a little calmer about things, but not too calm.

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

 

Player rater

Ronaldo

Top Player

Real Madrid 

Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Ajax
Real Madrid

1

Goals scored

4

47

Possession (%)

53

11

Total attempts

22

4

Attempts on target

16

7

Attempts off target

6

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

4

Corners

6

3

Offsides

3

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

8

8

Fouls suffered

8

photos

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Madrid maintain their winning start to their UEFA Champions League campaign with a good performance here in Amsterdam.
  • Substitution
    81
    Lukoki (in) - Babel (out) (Ajax)
  • Goal
    81
    Ronaldo (Real Madrid) scores!
    Substitute Sami Khedira plays a wonderful pass through the Ajax defence. Cristiano Ronaldo calmly chips a deft shot over Kenneth Vermeer for his hat-trick.
  • Goal
    79
    Ronaldo (Real Madrid) scores!
    Karim Benzema gets away down the left and shows good awareness to pick out Cristiano Ronaldo. The Madrid No7 steadies himself and then curls a precise shot inside the far post giving Kenneth Vermeer little chance.
  • Substitution
    78
    Khedira (in) - Essien (out) (Real Madrid)

See also

  • Ajax

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Man. City, 24 October 2012, 3-1
  • Real Madrid

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Dortmund, 24 October 2012, 2-1
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.