Borussia Dortmund clinched first place in UEFA Champions League Group D with a clinical 4-1 victory over AFC Ajax in Amsterdam.
The German champions were magnificent in the first half, scoring three without reply. Marco Reus calmly stroked home from inside the penalty area after only eight minutes. Thereafter Ajax saw more of the ball but seldom threatened, and they were made to pay dearly when Mario Götze doubled the advantage with a low finish. Robert Lewandowski added number three after Kenneth Vermeer could merely parry a Götze shot, and the Polish international capped a fine performance with his second after 67 minutes.
I think we had an average of 70% possession, but we gave away bad goals. That's the hardest thing to take from this defeat.
Frank de Boer, Ajax coach
Ajax had a lot more possession, but we produced a very disciplined performance. The goals were all well created. Ajax were a tough opponent, even if the result doesn't suggest that.
Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach
|1||Vermeer (GK)||1||Weidenfeller (GK) (C)|
|10||S. De Jong (C)||11||Reus|
|22||Cillessen (GK)||20||Langerak (GK)|
|Frank De Boer (NED)||Jürgen Klopp (GER)|
|Pedro Proença (POR)|