The Real Madrid and Malaga on Tuesday closed its participation in the group stage of the Champions League and have done so successfully. Whites had no trouble defeating Ajax 4-1 while the Andalusians had in his hand the victory over Anderlecht but ended tied at two after a goal by the Belgians in the 90th minute.
The Real Madrid Ajax received in a week something troubled because the club seems to talk about almost anything but football. Mourinho, the main protagonist of every conversation, decided to make rotations so left out men like Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Pepe, Di Maria, Ramos or Ozil to give minutes to players like Kaka and less common Alley as a couple of homegrown, Nacho and Adam , who were starters.
The bet went right to the Portuguese coach because his team came out pretty plugged in and from the beginning created much danger exploiting the weakness of the defense of Ajax. Responsible for opening the scoring was Cristiano Ronaldo’s network that clinched a play that began Modric stealing in midfield. The Croatian scored a perfect pass to Benzema who controlled the ball and put Cristiano Franco to be placed as top scorer in the Champions League. Modric also target of criticism, took his chance and the second goal was also born of his boots with a great through ball to Callejon who controlled perfectly and made it 2-0.
Things were going very well for Real Madrid with the exception of Coentrao muscle injury that had to be replaced by Pepe. Meanwhile, Ajax did not react despite rate needed to secure third place in the group and not depend on the result of the City that, in the end, ended up losing. For if the Dutch were still not good things, Kaka asked a goal at the start of the second half with a great shot from outside the box that put the 3-0.
From there came the highlights of Ajax favored by some relaxation of Madrid. A poor start led to the 3-1 Adam managed by Boerrigter and ushered in a phase of Ajax sometimes not completed. In the final stretch of the match debuted Jose Rodriguez and Morata and the Madrid returned to push something more. Morata was attended protagonist because Alley in the fourth goal and had a hand in hand with the goalie that could have meant the fifth but the truth is that it was not so good at defining and finished wasting a great opportunity.
In Malaga the fans of La Rosaleda wanted to see his team put the finishing touch to the large share of his team in the group stage which narrowly missed victory completed. Pellegrini’s team was ahead on two occasions. Duda made it 1-0 before the break with a great shot from the edge but Jovanovic put the tie on the resumption. The lefty Duda reappeared again to put forward to Malaga but in 89 Mbokani put the 2-2 and stole half a million euros to the Andalusians by failing to get the win.
In the other matches of these groups was narrow victory. On the one hand there was Dortmund’s 1-0 victory against Manchester City do not even play the Europa League. Furthermore there away win in San Siro Zenit so the St. Petersburg if they ensure continuity in Europe even in the second tournament.