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UEFA Champions League

  • 27 September 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 70320

Real Madrid 3-0 Ajax: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka & Karim Benzema on target in routine win for Spanish giants

Real Madrid 3-0 Ajax: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka & Karim Benzema on target in routine win for Spanish giants


The Santiago Bernabeu side hit the Eredivisie champions on the counter-attack twice before the break and held on to their lead with ease in the second half

Real Madrid recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Ajax at Santiago Bernabeu in their second Champions League Group D game.

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock halfway through the first half after a good start from the Dutch champions, before Kaka doubled Madrid's lead in the closing stages of the first half. Karim Benzema then added a third minutes after the break to put the match to bed.

Ajax started the match with attacking intentions and came close to opening the scoring within two minutes. Derk Boerrigter tried his luck with a low shot from the edge of the area after a good cross from the right, but Iker Casillas showed his class as he kept the ball out with a fine reflex. The Spain international was again called into action shortly after when Siem de Jong showed up in the Madrid area and Casillas again proved to be the strongest.

The hosts then took over the initiative and should have grabbed the lead in the 17th minute. Sami Khedira set up Karim Benzema in front of an empty goal, but the France international miraculously aimed wide from 10 yards out. Cristiano Ronaldo then came close after a good pass from Ricardo Carvalho, but Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer made a superb save.

Nevertheless, the Ajax No.1 didn't have an answer to Ronaldo's shot halfway through the first half as the Portugal international fired home from inside the area after a brilliant attack. Mesut Ozil started the counter inside his own half and set up Ronaldo, who reached Kaka. After a good pass from the Brazilian, again Ozil and finally Benzema, the ball ended up in the feet of Ronaldo once more and he found the net with a low shot.

The opener pretty much ended Ajax's ambitions of getting a good result at Santiago Bernabeu and Kaka put the match to bed when he doubled Madrid's lead shortly before the interval with a low shot in the far corner.

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Real Madrid continued to be the more dangerous side of the two after the break, without really dominating possession and yet another superb counter resulted in the 3-0 in the 49th minute. Xabi Alonso found Alvaro Arbeloa with a brilliant long pass down the left and the full-back squared it off to Kaka, who gave Benzema an unmissable chance and the Frenchman tapped home from five yards out.

Ajax didn't give up though after conceding a third goal and De Jong, Thulani Serero and Christian Eriksen all tried their luck from long range. However, they either failed to trouble Casillas or aimed wide and the Amsterdam giants were lucky to escape a fourth goal when Kaka placed his shot wide after a quick counter attack.

The biggest chance for the Eredivisie titans was for Vertonghen in the closing stages of the match, but the Belgium international's header from close range was punched away for a corner by the Madrid glovesman.

Real Madrid have now collected six points from two games and sit atop of the table in Group D. They host Olympique Lyonnais on October 18 in their third game of the group stage.

Ajax sit last in Group D with only one point from their opening two games. Their next Champions League match is the away clash versus Dinamo Zagreb in three weeks time.