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Dortmund power past Ajax to qualify in style

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 23.01CET
AFC Ajax 1-4 Borussia Dortmund
The German title holders scored three first-half goals to dispatch Ajax, progress to the last 16 and be certain of qualification as Group D winners.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

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AjaxDortmund

Goals scored1
 
4
on target10
 
5
off target3
 
1
Corners3
 
1
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)64
 
36

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:17 CET

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 23.01CET

Dortmund power past Ajax to qualify in style

AFC Ajax 1-4 Borussia Dortmund
The German title holders scored three first-half goals to dispatch Ajax, progress to the last 16 and be certain of qualification as Group D winners.

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.

Substitute Daniel Hoesen's late goal was little consolation for the home team as Dortmund secured both qualification and top spot in Group D with one match remaining. For Ajax, the revised target will be to hold onto third position – and UEFA Europa League entry – ahead of Manchester City FC.

Before the hosts could establish any rhythm they fell behind to a superbly worked strike. Breaking at speed down the right flank, Reus exchanged passes with Götze before prodding the ball between Vermeer's legs. It took the Eredivisie side almost 15 minutes to muster a response, Christian Eriksen curling a shot narrowly wide of Roman Weidenfeller's goal from the edge of the box.

Jürgen Klopp's men were content to cede possession and wait for a chance to counter, and the tactic paid off after half an hour. Mats Hummels threaded a quick free-kick though to Götze wide on the left, who bamboozled Ricardo van Rhijn before drilling a low finish just inside Vermeer's near post for his first-ever UEFA Champions League goal. Things got even worse for Frank de Boer's charges five minutes later when Dortmund struck again. Götze was involved once more, volleying in a shot that Toby Alderweireld deflected. Vermeer could only palm the ball into Lewandowski's path, who finished without fuss.

Ajax restarted with a spring in their step and Eriksen soon forced Weidenfeller into his first real save of the match, the visiting custodian reaching low to block the Dane's placed shot. Substitute Lasse Schøne replaced Christian Poulsen and also had an attempt on target, but seconds later his team fell even further behind. Yet again Götze was the provider, his cross allowing Lewandowski to control expertly before rifling a low finish under the diving Vermeer. Hoesen's late effort, after good work from Eriksen, did nothing to dampen the spirits of the jubilant away support, proud to have witnessed such a superb display from their side.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.40CET

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Quotes

  • Frank de Boer

    Read more"In every detail you can see that Dortmund have played a lot of these kind of matches. The class is just shining all over them"

  • Jürgen Klopp

    Read more"The goals were all nicely created and well timed. Ajax were tricky opponents, even if the result doesn't suggest that"

Lineups

ajax

Ajax

dortmund

Dortmund

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK) (C)
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
4
SubotićNeven Subotić
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
Yellow Card85
6
BenderSven Bender
Substitution63
5
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution46
8
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Yellow Card19
Substitution64
9
R. LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Goal41
Goal67
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
10
GötzeMario Götze
Goal36
Yellow Card53
Substitution70
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong (C)
11
ReusMarco Reus
Goal8
Substitution79
17
BlindDaley Blind
15
HummelsMats Hummels
21
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Substitution73
19
GrosskreutzKevin Grosskreutz
24
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
27
LukokiJody Lukoki
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer

Substitutes

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
20
LangerakMitchell Langerak (GK)
19
SanaTobias Sana
7
LeitnerMoritz Leitner
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
Substitution46
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution70
23
HoesenDanny Hoesen
Substitution64
Goal87
23
SchieberJulian Schieber
Substitution79
33
VeltmanJoël Veltman
24
LöweChris Löwe
35
DijksMitchell Dijks
27
Felipe SantanaFelipe Santana
39
FischerViktor Fischer
Substitution73
44
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution63

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Jürgen Klopp (GER)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Bertino Miranda (POR)

Fourth official

Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Duarte Gomes (POR), João Capela (POR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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