Group stage (Group G) - 15/09/2010 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time) - Estadio Santiago Bernabéu - Madrid
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Real Madrid - Ajax 2-0 - 15/09/2010 - match_page - UEFA Champions League 2011

Mourinho's Madrid make solid start with Ajax win

Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET
Real Madrid CF 2-0 AFC Ajax
A Vurnon Anita own goal put the home side in front before Gonzalo Higuaín assured José Mourinho's team of three Group G points.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu
Mourinho's Madrid make solid start with Ajax win 
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Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target15
 
1
Attempts off target18
 
7
Corners11
 
3
Possession (%)59
 
41
Fouls committed7
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
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Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET

Mourinho's Madrid make solid start with Ajax win

Real Madrid CF 2-0 AFC Ajax
A Vurnon Anita own goal put the home side in front before Gonzalo Higuaín assured José Mourinho's team of three Group G points.

Real Madrid CF began their bid for a tenth European Champion Clubs' Cup with an impressive display against AFC Ajax, an own goal from Vurnon Anita and a Gonzalo Higuaín strike earning a comfortable victory.

New Madrid coach José Mourinho believes success in this competition is possible if he and Los Merengues can combine their respective talents – and the former FC Internazionale Milano boss will have been pleased with his side's opening-night efforts in Group G. Higuaín pressured Anita into inadvertently opening the scoring just past the half-hour and, after Madrid had passed up a succession of chances to increase their lead, tapped in a clinching second in the 73rd minute.

Ajax had been 2-0 winners when handing the hosts a footballing lesson on their last trip to the Santiago Bernabéu in November 1995. This time, however, Martin Jol's team were content to sit back and allow Madrid to set the pace. Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil were repelled by the excellent Maarten Stekelenburg but the goalkeeper was comprehensively beaten by Higuaín's thunderous 17th-minute attempt, needing the crossbar to come to his rescue.

The nine-time winners started to click as the half progressed and, after a wonderful build-up involving Álvaro Arbeloa – in for the injured Sergio Ramos – and Özil, Ángel Di María was clear on goal before being denied by Stekelenburg. When the breakthrough did come, though, it owed little to Madrid's impressive interplay. Instead Anita deflected Xabi Alonso's corner into his own net with Higuaín breathing down his neck.

With Ajax on the back foot, Marcelo's trickery carved out another Madrid opening. On this occasion, though, Higuaín missed his kick, the ball breaking for Di María to shoot over.

Mourinho's side continued to dominate after the restart, increasing their urgency as they sought to seal the points. Cristiano Ronaldo was the next to be thwarted by Stekelenburg, before the keeper beat away a Di María effort with Higuaín – chasing only his third UEFA Champions League goal – again failing to convert the follow-up.

The striker need not have worried. His moment eventually arrived after Özil was cleverly released by Di María's scooped pass; the German squaring for Higuaín after his original shot had been saved by Stekelenburg. Urby Emanuelson almost reduced the arrears soon after with a drive that cannoned back off the bar but it mattered little for Madrid. The home team visit AJ Auxerre next time out, when AC Milan travel to Amsterdam.

Last updated: 05/10/10 14.47CET

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  • José Mourinho

    Read more"It could have been a much bigger win but in games like this how many goals you score isn't as important as in the knockout rounds"

  • Martin Jol

    Read more"This match was men against boys. Luckily we had Maarten Stekelenburg standing tall, and that's why it was only 2-0 in the end. "

Lineups

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Real Madrid

ajax

Ajax

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
2
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
3
PepePepe
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
7
Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
Goal31'
12
MarceloMarcelo
6
EnohEyong Enoh
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card28'
Substitution83'
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution85'
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
9
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Goal73'
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution80'
11
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
23
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution88'
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
24
KhediraSami Khedira
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw (C)
Yellow Card9'
Substitution69'

Substitutes

13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
30
VerhoevenJeroen Verhoeven (GK)
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution85'
10
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Substitution83'
17
BlindDaley Blind
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
18
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
15
MateosDavid Mateos
19
TainioTeemu Tainio
Substitution69'
16
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution88'
23
OleguerOleguer
21
Pedro LeónPedro León
Substitution80'
46
JozefzoonFlorian Jozefzoon

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Martin Jol (NED)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stancin (SVN)

Fourth official

Matej Jug (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Slavko Vinčić (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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