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Ajax through in third despite Madrid defeat

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.50CET
Real Madrid CF 4-1 AFC Ajax
The Dutch side moved into the UEFA Europa League despite another heavy defeat in Spain, José Callejón scoring twice for section runners-up Madrid.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

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Real MadridAjax

Goals scored4
 
1
on target15
 
7
off target4
 
4
Corners7
 
5
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)45
 
55

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:22 CET

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Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.50CET

Ajax through in third despite Madrid defeat

Real Madrid CF 4-1 AFC Ajax
The Dutch side moved into the UEFA Europa League despite another heavy defeat in Spain, José Callejón scoring twice for section runners-up Madrid.

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.

Almost a year ago to the day Madrid visited Amsterdam having already secured their last-16 place, yet still ran out 3-0 winners. The hosts again took the game to their opponents, the excellent Luka Modrić testing his passing range with a ball that Fábio Coentrão crashed against the upright.

That move set the tone and the first goal soon followed as a determined Modrić stole possession from Ajax captain Siem de Jong and picked out Karim Benzema on the right. The French international's control took him away from goal but he quickly adjusted to slide a pass across for Ronaldo to thump in.

Already Ajax's losing streak against Madrid showed no signs of ending as the Merengues poured forward. Visiting goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer had to beat out a Benzema effort before clawing away Ronaldo's swerving free-kick.

Despite featuring six changes from matchday five, Madrid displayed the same attacking ambition and doubled their advantage in the 28th minute. Again Modrić was at the heart of a well-worked move, spinning and sending a lofted pass over the head of Niklas Moisander and on to Callejón's outstretched boot for a shot that flew in off the upright.

Four minutes into the second half it was 3-0, captain-for-the-night Kaká collecting a Ronaldo through ball to curl a shot just inside Vermeer's right-hand post. That sparked Ajax into life and they reduced the deficit when Antonio Adán – in for Iker Casillas – raced off his line to meet Daley Blind's flighted pass but punched straight to the feet of Boerrigter for an assured first-time finish.

The last word went to Madrid, however, as Callejón nodded in an Álvaro Morata cross two minutes from time to wrap up an impressive victory. Now the thoughts of both teams will turn to their respective draws on 20 December.

Last updated: 10/03/13 17.56CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

ajax

Ajax

13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Substitution23
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
6
KhediraSami Khedira
5
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution40
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal13
Yellow Card82
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
8
KakáKaká (C)
Goal49
Substitution72
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong (C)
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution80
17
BlindDaley Blind
11
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Yellow Card77
21
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Goal59
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
23
HoesenDanny Hoesen
Substitution77
21
CallejónJosé Callejón
Goal28
Goal88
24
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
24
NachoNacho
39
FischerViktor Fischer
Substitution77

Substitutes

25
FernándezJesús Fernández (GK)
22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
3
PepePepe
Substitution23
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Substitution77
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
19
SanaTobias Sana
Substitution77
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
Substitution40
23
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
27
LukokiJody Lukoki
29
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution80
33
VeltmanJoël Veltman
34
José RodríguezJosé Rodríguez
Substitution72
35
DijksMitchell Dijks

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Frank de Boer (NED)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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