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UEFA Champions League

  • 2 November 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 49707

Ajax 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb: Eredivisie champions brush aside Croatian challenge in emphatic victory

Ajax 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb: Eredivisie champions brush aside Croatian challenge in emphatic victory


Goals from Gregory van der Wiel and Miralem Sulejmani gave the hosts a two-goal lead after 45 minutes of play before Siem de Jong and Nicolas Lodeiro made it four after the break

Ajax recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in Wednesday's Champions League Group D encounter at the Amsterdam ArenA.

The Eredivisie champions dominated proceedings from the start and lead by two goals at half-time following strikes from Gregory van der Wiel and Miralem Sulejmani.

Siem de Jong put the match to bed after the interval with a fine finish before Nicolas Lodeiro made it four.

The Amsterdam side had an early chance to break the deadlock via Christian Eriksen after the Zagreb defence failed to clear a Theo Janssen corner, but the Denmark international's shot fell just wide of the post.

Dinamo came close in the 16th minute. After a corner, Sammir found Jerko Leko inside the area, but his header deflected off Derk Boerrigter and missed the target.

It was all Ajax from there on and they deservedly opened the scoring via Van der Wiel. Eriksen set up the right-back with a brilliant back-heel and he fired home from a narrow angle to open the scoring.

The guests had hardly recovered from the first goal before it was already two for Ajax. De Jong found Sulejmani with an intelligent through pass after some good work from Eyong Enoh and the Serbian rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home.

Ajax almost added another goal in the dying minutes of the first half, but Toby Alderweireld's header scraped the post before going wide.

The Zagreb side made a good start to the second half as they looked to get back into the game. Luis Ibanez caused Kenneth Vermeer all kinds of trouble with a long-range strike, but the Ajax goalkeeper looked up in relief as Jan Vertonghen cleared the loose ball before a Croatian attacker could get to it.

De Jong had a chance to add his name to the scoresheet in the 56th minute after a superb long pass, but his powerful shot was kept out by Ivan Kelava. However, De Jong did make it three midway through the second half when he found the net after good work from Van der Wiel and yet another superb Eriksen flick.

Substitute Nicolas Lodeiro poured more misery on the Croatians well into stoppage time as the Uruguay international beat the Zagreb goalkeeper with a low shot in the near corner to make it 4-0.

Ajax sit second in the table in Group D with seven points from four games and have secured at least Europa League football after the winter break with this victory. They resume domestic action on Sunday with an away game against Utrecht.

Dinamo have no points from their four games and can now only finish third in the group at best.
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