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Masterful Madrid take top spot in style

Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.41CET
AFC Ajax 0-4 Real Madrid CF
Despite finishing with just nine men the Spanish side clinched top spot in Group G and ended the hosts' hopes of advancing.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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AjaxReal Madrid

Goals scored0
4
Attempts on target1
 
10
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners2
 
5
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed25
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
6
Red cards0
2

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.41CET

Masterful Madrid take top spot in style

AFC Ajax 0-4 Real Madrid CF
Despite finishing with just nine men the Spanish side clinched top spot in Group G and ended the hosts' hopes of advancing.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid CF sealed top spot in UEFA Champions League Group G with a comfortable victory at AFC Ajax, despite having both Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos sent off in the closing stages.

With second-placed AC Milan winning 2-0 at AJ Auxerre in the section's other match, Ajax now trail the Italian side by four points and cannot advance whatever the result in their final game at San Siro on 8 December. Madrid, meanwhile, will can look ahead with confidence after first-half goals from Karim Benzema and Álvaro Arbeloa, supplemented by a second-half double from Ronaldo, the second from the penalty spot, clinched top spot in style.

Madrid started on the front foot, and Toby Alderweireld had to block a rasping goalbound shot from Pedro León after only five minutes before denying Mesut Özil in similar fashion. Maarten Stekelenburg then palmed away a powerful drive from Benzema after the French striker had worked a one-two with Ronaldo.

The breakthrough came on 36 minutes when Alonso played a long pass into the Ajax box, and Özil brilliantly laid the ball off in mid-air for Benzema to calmly place a shot high to Stekelenburg's left. A minute before half-time José Mourinho's men doubled their advantage with another fine strike. Ronaldo's free-kick from the edge of the box struck the Ajax wall, but the ball broke to Arbeloa who hit a swerving shot that deflected off Mounir El Hamdaoui to leave Stekelenburg helpless.

Immediately after the restart Ronaldo exchanged passes with Benzema then burst beyond the home back line, but somehow Stekelenburg deflected his low effort onto the bar. Next up was Benzema, who shot over after wriggling free inside the area.

The Spanish side continued to dictate the game, holding possession and frequently breaking from midfield. With the 70-minute mark approaching last season's Dutch runners-up had their first effort on target, but Iker Casillas got down smartly to save Jan Vertonghen's shot.

Moments later Madrid struck again. Ángel Di María, having replaced Pedro León minutes earlier, delivered an angled pass to Ronaldo, who sent a sweet left-foot finish beyond Stekelenburg. Özil almost made it four a few minutes later but the busy Ajax goalkeeper parried his low free-kick.

Ronaldo then took his UEFA Champions League goal tally to 25 from the penalty spot after Urby Emanuelson had tripped Özil. Even the late dismissals of Alonso and Sergio Ramos, who both picked up a second yellow for wasting time, could not take the sheen off a magnificent Madrid display.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002893/postmatch/report/index.html#masterful+madrid

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Lineups

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Ajax

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Real Madrid

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card33
Red Card90+1
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Yellow Card60
Goal70
Goal81
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal36
Substitution82
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
10
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Substitution81
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Yellow Card35
12
MarceloMarcelo
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution88
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card68
Red Card87
9
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
Substitution46
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Goal44
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong
Substitution76
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Yellow Card84
11
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
21
Pedro LeónPedro León
Substitution65
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
23
ÖzilMesut Özil

Substitutes

30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution88
3
PepePepe
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
Substitution76
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
19
TainioTeemu Tainio
15
MateosDavid Mateos
Substitution81
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution46
Yellow Card60
16
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution82
33
ÖzbilizAras Özbiliz
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution65

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Tom Murphy (SCO), Francis Andrews (SCO)

Fourth official

Crawford Allan (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Muir (SCO), Calum Murray (SCO)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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