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Eredivisie giants decimated by Spanish visitors, UEFA chances completely crushed

December 8, 2011

By Alex Camille

Wearing their away colours black, Real Madrid took to the field to take on home turf defenders FC Ajax in a champions league group D match. An eagerly awaited match proven with a sell-out arena, the away team were the favourites to win with five wins in their last five matches.

Currently the Spanish side are the only team that have been able to find the net against Ajax in Europe this season. These stats proved a good indicator of the match to come with the final score 3 – 0 to Real Madrid.

The match’s first goal came in the 14th minute from Real Madrid. Ajax’s defence was caught napping, allowing a long through ball from Kaká to be passed to a completely unguarded José Callejón who finished with clinical ease. Several calls were made for offside but a careful review of the footage proved that it was simply a mistake on the defense’s part for not keeping their offside trap intact.

The second goal came in the 41st minute another long ball from the halfway line found its way to a lone Gonzalo Higuain who in his one on one with the keeper kept his cool to slot the ball in the left corner of the net. Another appeal for offside was made and yet again but to fall onto deaf ears.

The third and final game of the match comes in the 92 minute of extra time. A soft lift from substitute Xabi Alonso allowed José Callejón to yet again get behind the Ajax defense and the goalie to slip in the final nail in the coffin of Ajax’s dream of a win against Real Madrid on home ground.

It is the officials who are being described as the villains of the day with two disallowed Ajax goals from offside. Lodeiro and Sulemanji find themselves in disbelief as two crucial goals go to waste.

Ajax’s defeat and Lyons 7 – 1 win over Dinamo Zagreb means that Ajax are completely out of the UEFA champions league. Who would have thought, even with their convincing possession of the ball that Ajax’s worst possible outcome would have come true?

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