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  • Date:03 Oct 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
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Goal!

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90mins

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

90mins

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Kenneth Vermeer.

90mins

Second Half ends, Ajax 1, Real Madrid 4.

87mins

Foul by Danny Hoesen (Ajax).

87mins

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82mins

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

82mins

Jody Lukoki (Ajax) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81mins

Goal! Ajax 1, Real Madrid 4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sami Khedira.

81mins

Substitution, Ajax. Jody Lukoki replaces Ryan Babel.

79mins

Goal! Ajax 1, Real Madrid 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

78mins

Substitution, Real Madrid. Sami Khedira replaces Michael Essien.

77mins

Foul by Ryan Babel (Ajax).

77mins

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75mins

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

75mins

Siem de Jong (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73mins

Foul by Derk Boerrigter (Ajax).

72mins

Attempt missed. Ryan Babel (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

71mins

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Ajax).

71mins

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70mins

Fabian Sporkslede (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70mins

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

69mins

Substitution, Ajax. Fabian Sporkslede replaces Christian Poulsen.

68mins

Attempt missed. Danny Hoesen (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Babel with a cross.

66mins

Siem de Jong (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66mins

Dangerous play by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

66mins

Substitution, Ajax. Danny Hoesen replaces Tobias Sana.

65mins

Attempt missed. Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tobias Sana.

63mins

Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63mins

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

62mins

Attempt missed. Derk Boerrigter (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daley Blind with a cross.

59mins

Offside, Ajax. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Christian Poulsen is caught offside.

59mins

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58mins

Michael Essien (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

57mins

Hand ball by Michael Essien (Real Madrid).

57mins

Attempt blocked. Siem de Jong (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

56mins

Goal! Ajax 1, Real Madrid 2. Niklas Moisander (Ajax) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

56mins

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

56mins

Attempt blocked. Daley Blind (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56mins

Attempt blocked. Tobias Sana (Ajax) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daley Blind.

55mins

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

47mins

Christian Poulsen (Ajax) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45mins

Second Half begins Ajax 0, Real Madrid 1.

45mins

First Half ends, Ajax 0, Real Madrid 1.

43mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43mins

Delay in match Tobias Sana (Ajax) because of an injury.

42mins

Goal! Ajax 0, Real Madrid 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

39mins

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

38mins

Attempt saved. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

38mins

Offside, Ajax. Derk Boerrigter tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.

37mins

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

36mins

Hand ball by Ryan Babel (Ajax).

35mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34mins

Delay in match (Real Madrid).

34mins

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Siem de Jong.

33mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32mins

Delay in match (Real Madrid).

31mins

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31mins

Foul by Niklas Moisander (Ajax).

23mins

Attempt missed. Siem de Jong (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricardo van Rhijn.

16mins

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Xabi Alonso with a cross following a corner.

16mins

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Kenneth Vermeer.

16mins

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

11mins

Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

10mins

Foul by Derk Boerrigter (Ajax).

10mins

Tobias Sana (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9mins

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Daley Blind.

9mins

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ricardo van Rhijn.

8mins

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Niklas Moisander.

7mins

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6mins

Foul by Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax).

6mins

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4mins

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Daley Blind.

4mins

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcelo.

4mins

Foul by Derk Boerrigter (Ajax).

3mins

Offside, Ajax. Daley Blind tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.

Match Preview

A mouth watering contest if ever there was one, Ajax come up against Real Madrid in a battle of European greats. 

Both clubs have 13 European Cups between them, nine for Madrid and 'just' the four, for AFC Ajax. But the Dutch title holders will be looking to make it third time lucky when Group D rivals Madrid travel to the Amsterdam Arena. For two seasons running Madrid have beaten Ajax home an away racking up 12 goals and conceding none in the process. Consigning them to third place and an early exit.

 

Ajax got off to a losing start in this seasons group stage, succumbing to an 87th minute goal against German Champions Borussia Dortmund. Madrid hosted Manchester City for their first outing into Europe this season, beating the Premier League winners with a late goal from who else but Cristiano Ronaldo to take them top of the group.

 

Many would argue Madrid haven't hit top form yet, after losses in La Liga against Getafe and Sevilla but when it comes to Europe Madrid are always favourites. Mourinho will be looking for more consistency from his team as he looks to continue their run of three consecutive wins including a 5-1 thrashing of Deportivo at the weekend, which showed glimpses of Ronaldo at his best as he bagged a hat-trick, that combined with Real's recent record against Ajax means things are looking ominous for Frank de Boer's side.

 

Last Five Results: W-L-W-W-W

 

Ajax, currently placed 3rd in the Eredivisie have had an inconsistent start to their season. Drawing two of their last five league games and losing to Dortmund in the Champions League, but the Dutch team will be buoyed by their recent victory over rivals FC Twente. Frank de Boer will be looking to guide his team out of the group stage in Europe this season after Ajax failed in their previous two attempts to seriously challenge for the cup that they were so accustomed to winning in the past.

 

Last Five Results: D-W-L-D-W

 

With a team like Real Madrid it's nearly impossible to pick one stand out player when arguably any of their starting XI could walk in to almost any team in the world. An obvious choice would be Cristiano Ronaldo, the worlds most expensive footballer and one of the most impressive players to grace the game. He has it all: strength, power, vision, accuracy and agility. These attributes make him a deadly strike force, who can change a game in the blink of an eye. His late goal against Manchester City in the previous group match highlights that. But I'm going with Xabi Alonso, when he plays well, Madrid play well, pulling the stings from the centre of the pitch. The former Liverpool man has been a first team regular since his move from Liverpool in 2009. Making over 100 appearances for the Spanish Champions.

 

Christian Eriksen is my man to watch from Ajax, and although he isn't a direct product of the famed youth academy which has produced an amazing array of talent such as Van Basten, Rijkaard, Bergkamp, Van der Vaart and Wesley Sniejder he has still benefited from their expertise in nurturing young players and moulding them into potential world beaters. He joined the club in the October of 2008 from Odense Boldklub after reaching the semi-finals of the Danish youth championships and being named 'Best Technical Player' going one better a season later to win the tournament where he scored the only goal in the final. He is now a regular in the first time at Ajax and attracts scouts from the biggest clubs in the world with impressive performances in the Dutch league and in Europe.

 

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho typically favours the 4-2-3-1 formation. With Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira sitting in front of the defence, spraying passes across the pitch and cutting off opposition attacks with their tough tackling. The attacking midfield trio is usually formed of Mesut Ozil in the centre with Cristiano Ronaldo on the left flank and Argentine international Angel Di Maria on the right. In the centre of attack will be Higuain or Benzema who rely on the service from the wide men and the creative midfielders behind them.

 

Likely Line-up: Casillas – Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo – Xabi Alonso, Khedira – Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo - Higuain

 

Ajax have been using a fluid 4-3-3 formation, reverting to the 'Ajax way' says Frank de Boer. The forward Siem de Jong plays as a false number 9 while Eriksen is the most attacking of the midfield three, often overlapping de Jong. The two full backs are positioned very high up the pitch. Christian Poulsen usually plays as the deepest of the three midfielders who often drops back between the two central defenders who spread out to cover wide positions.

 

Likely Line-up: Kenneth Vermeer – van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind – de Jong, Poulsen, Eriksen – Sana, Babel, Boerrigter

 

The two European giants have crossed swords on no less than ten times, five two leg ties in the Champions League and European Champion Club's Cup have seen Madrid edge Ajax in the head to head stats, winning five out the ten games losing four and drawing one, scoring 16 goals in the process. The last time Ajax beat Madrid they went on to win the Champions League in 1996, maybe that will act as an extra incentive to this young Dutch side.

 

Ajax have a prestigious history in Holland and in Europe, winning the Dutch title 31 times. Along with the KNVB Cup 18 times, the Johan Cruijff Shield 7 times, the Intercontinental Cup two times, the Champions League four times, the European Club Winner's Cup once, the UEFA Cup once and the UEFA Super Cup twice. Quite a haul of trophies by anyone's standards.

Real have an equally impressive if not more so trophy cabinet than Ajax with nine European Cups two UEFA cups, 32 La Liga titles, 18 Copa del Ray titles, nine Spanish Super Cup wins and also the trophy for Best club of the 20th century.

Madrid will be hoping this seasons outing into Europe will prove more successful than the last after being knocked out by Bayern Munich and with the Madrid faithful waiting a decade for another European victory Jose Mourinho wont want to disappoint again.

 

Prediction: Real Madrid 3 Ajax 1

While I think Madrid will win this tie, they wont have it as easy as in previous years. But a win for Real will put them firmly in control of the group and a draw the likely outcome for Dortmund against City, a sizable gap should appear between 1st and 2nd place.

Match Report

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