Cristiano Ronaldo has been instrumental in Real qualifying for the final 16. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/AFP
There’s certainly no shame in losing to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid , but Dutch giant Ajax Amsterdam has struggled more than most in recent times. The teams have met five times in the Champions League over the past three seasons and the Madrid side has won on every occasion racking up 16 goals in the process, while Ajax has managed just one score.
Despite the fact the Dutch have nothing to play for in terms of the UEFA Champions League, if they manage to stay in third place in Group D, they’ll move on to the round of 32 in the Europa League from here. Manchester City has taken just three points from five games, and with an away encounter against group leader Borussia Dortmund to come, Ajax is in the box seat to maintain its position.
In the unlikely event Dortmund does go down to City, Real Madrid could win the group if they take the three points. Manager Jose Mourinho probably won’t be concerned if they remain in second, though; both times he has won the Champions League, he has come from second place in the group stage with Porto and Inter Milan.
Both contests last year finished with 3-0 victories for Real, while the Spaniards won 4-1 in Amsterdam earlier this season. Real had won seven straight matches at home until Dortmund visited the Bernabeu in early November and came away with a 2-2 draw.
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