Real Madrid beats Ajax 4-1 in Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring as Real Madrid eased to a
4-1 home victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Already through to the knockout stages from Group D, Madrid took
the lead in the 13th minute when Luka Modric won the ball in
midfield and passed to Karim Benzema, who crossed for Ronaldo to
hit his sixth goal of the competition this season.
Jose Callejon doubled Madrid’s lead by beating the offside trap,
deftly controlling Modric’s pinpoint long pass and firing in off
the post in the 28th minute.
Kaka added a third in the 49th before Derk Boerrigter pulled a
goal back for Ajax, firing into an empty after pouncing on a
punched clearance by Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan.
Callejon scored his second goal of the night in the 88th.
Madrid finished second in the group behind Borussia Dortmund,
while the only consolation for Ajax was a place in the Europa
Kaka looks to have re-established his place in coach Jose
Mourinho’s squad after a few months on the bench, starting the
match as captain.
”This was an important match for me,” said Kaka. ”I scored a
goal and helped the team. It was a special night for me.”
The Brazil midfielder said his team is ready to face any
”Come February, we will likely have to play against a difficult
team that came top of its group and probably thought it would get
an easy rival,” said Mourinho. ”Now some table-topping team is
going to get Real Madrid instead.”
”What’s in our thoughts at the moment is this championship and
the Copa (del Rey),” added Mourinho, deliberately not mentioning
the Spanish league in which it trails leader Barcelona by 11
The home side soon pushed forward and Benzema had a goal ruled
out for offside in the seventh minute, while Fabio Coentrao hit the
near post four minutes later.
Although Ajax had started brightly, passing the ball with speed
and accuracy, Madrid’s midfield strength and finishing ability soon
began to take its toll on the Dutch side as Ronaldo and Callejon
found the net.
Coentrao meanwhile looked progressively more uncomfortable and
appeared to have a problem with his hamstring before being
substituted at the back by fellow Portugal international Pepe in
the 23rd minute.
Madrid could have been 3-0 up at the break as Benzema picked out
Modric in midfield and the Croat fired in a volley that goalkeeper
Kenneth Vermeer managed to stop in the 41st minute.
Having traded goals after the re-start, Callejon scored his
second from a pinpoint cross from the far right by Alvaro