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Ajax shattered as Madrid complete perfect set

Published: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 22.55CET
AFC Ajax 0-3 Real Madrid CF
Ajax's last-16 hopes were ruined as Madrid's sixth win allowed Olympique Lyonnais to complete the seven-goal turnaround needed to overhaul them.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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Match statistics

AjaxReal Madrid

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners5
 
2
Offsides6
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)55
 
45

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 22.55CET

Ajax shattered as Madrid complete perfect set

AFC Ajax 0-3 Real Madrid CF
Ajax's last-16 hopes were ruined as Madrid's sixth win allowed Olympique Lyonnais to complete the seven-goal turnaround needed to overhaul them.

AFC Ajax suffered a traumatic 3-0 defeat by runaway Group D winners Real Madrid CF which, combined with Olympique Lyonnais' astonishing 7-1 victory at GNK Dinamo Zagreb, consigned them to third in the section.

Despite resting a number of first-team regulars it was the visitors who drew first blood in Amsterdam through José Callejón and Ajax's misery was compounded when Gonzalo Higuaín doubled the visitors' lead shortly before half-time. Miralem Sulejmani hit the bar but Lyon's stunning comeback meant the home side were already destined for the UEFA Europa League when Callejón scored his second late on.

Lyon began the evening needing to win, for Ajax to lose and to orchestrate a seven-goal turnaround in the process. Keeping things tight was therefore the order of the day for Frank de Boer's men – instead, they were behind after 14 minutes. Kaká's deft pass found Callejón in space on the edge of the box, and the striker calmly controlled before slotting it between Kenneth Vermeer's legs.

The goalkeeper was in the thick of it again soon after, keeping out Karim Benzema's low shot, while at the other end Antonio Adán had to get down smartly to smother Christian Eriksen's effort from 20 metres. Ajax then had two efforts ruled out for offside: first when Nicolás Lodeiro had headed in after Adán could only parry Gregory van der Wiel's drive; then Vurnon Anita's shot was deflected into the net by Sulejmani.

It got worse for the four-time European champions as Higuaín latched onto a magnificent crossfield pass by Benzema to rifle into the roof of the net for Madrid's second. Back came Ajax, and the second half was eight minutes old when Sulejmani's superb chip came back off the woodwork with Adán stranded.

By then Lyon were 4-1 up, needing to score twice more as things stood to eliminate Ajax. Vermeer made a crucial diving save to deny Esteban Granero to keep it that way but when those Lyon goals duly came, Ajax sent on strikers Dmitri Bulykin and Davy Klaassen to force the issue.

The French side scored again, meaning that by the time Callejón made it 3-0 Ajax's fate was already sealed. At full time the home players sank to their knees; yet Madrid progress serenely, becoming only the fifth side to finish the group stage with a 100% record.

Last updated: 22/11/13 9.07CET

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Quotes

  • Frank de Boer

    Read more"Tomorrow we can mourn, then on Friday the players have a free day to clear their heads."

  • José Mourinho

    Read more"This game shows that we fully respect what Real Madrid stands for in the world of football"

Lineups

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Ajax

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
5
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen (C)
Yellow Card37
8
KakáKaká
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution54
6
EnohEyong Enoh
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
Substitution59
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
15
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Yellow Card58
Substitution67
11
EbecilioLorenzo Ebecilio
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
16
JanssenTheo Janssen
Substitution76
19
VaraneRaphaël Varane
17
BlindDaley Blind
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín (C)
Goal41
18
LodeiroNicolás Lodeiro
Substitution74
21
CallejónJosé Callejón
Goal14
Goal90+2

Substitutes

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
25
Tomás MejíasTomás Mejías (GK)
19
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
Substitution74
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
23
ÖzbilizAras Özbiliz
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution59
25
SereroThulani Serero
16
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Substitution54
31
LigeonRuben Ligeon
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
34
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
23
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
Substitution67
39
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
Substitution76
28
JeséJesé

Coach

Frank De Boer (NED) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Rui Manuel Gomes Costa (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Artur Dias (POR), Carlos Xistra (POR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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