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Ajax through in third despite Madrid defeat

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.00CET
Ajax through in third despite Madrid defeat 
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Real Madrid CF finished their UEFA Champions League Group D campaign with a flourish as José Callejón scored twice against an AFC Ajax side who now move into the UEFA Europa League.

With José Mourinho's team already knowing they would come second to Borussia Dortmund, Ajax might have harboured hopes of improving on a run of five successive defeats by Madrid, in which they had conceded 16 goals. Such aspirations were dashed within 13 minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid ahead, Callejón adding two more either side of a fine Kaká strike to leave Ajax with only Derk Boerrigter's consolation – although Manchester City FC's loss in Dortmund means their European campaign will continue in the spring.

Match in 5

  • Callejón scores twice as Madrid secure second spot in style
  • Ajax in UEFA Europa League after Man. City lose to Dortmund
  • Ronaldo hits sixth goal of campaign on 13 minutes
  • Kaká curls in sublime third from outside the area
  • Boerrigter grabs 59th-minute consolation for visitors

Reaction

We have to respect everyone. We play against tough opponents. In this year's group of death we have come second. We wanted to be first but it has not been possible.

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

We can be proud of the fact we came third in the group and can continue playing in UEFA Europa League. Many people did not expect us to achieve that at the start.

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

 

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Standings

Last updated: 05/12/2012 08:14 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Real Madrid
Ajax

4

Goals scored

1

45

Possession (%)

55

19

Total attempts

11

15

Attempts on target

7

4

Attempts off target

4

0

Attempts blocked

0

1

Attempts against woodwork

0

7

Corners

5

3

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

14

14

Fouls suffered

9

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    An imperious first-half performance from Real Madrid in which Cristiano Ronaldo and José Callejón scored set up the victory. Ajax were better in the second half as Derk Boerrigter struck back after Kaká’s beautiful strike although Callejón had the last word with his second.
  • Goal
    88
    José Callejón (Real Madrid) scores!
    The winger gets his second of the game with an easy finish. Brilliant work down the right from Álvaro Morata allows him to put the ball on his teammate's head who nods in from five metres.
  • Yellow Card
    82
    Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    80
    Morata (in) - Benzema (out) (Real Madrid)
    Another UEFA Champions League debut for the 20-year-old who replaces Karim Benzema.
  • Substitution
    77
    Sana (in) - Fischer (out) (Ajax)

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