Real Madrid rested habitual players like Khedira, Carvalho & Huguain who did´nt travel & gave Benzema, Leon, Lass & Arbeloa a chance to start from minute zero. The game was fairly even up until the 36th min when Ozil pull a "rabbit out of the hat" with a back pass which BENZEMA found & riffled into the net.
|Arbeloa celebrates his goal|
The 2º half started with an early warning when Cristiano Ronaldo had a ball stopped by the Ajax goalie that hit the bar. Real Madrid was slowly increasing their ball dominance & game control as Ajax was losing the spring in their heels from the first half. Real Madrid made changes giving Di Maria a run & he minutes later set up CRISTIANO RONALDO in the box who fired home the third in the 70th min.
Eleven minutes later Ozil zig-zagged in the square & was fouled to give Real Madrid a penalty. CRISTIANO RONALDO then took the ball in the 81st min & calmly put in his second & his teams fourth.
However as with most games with Mourinho present there was controversy in the last 10 mins. Earlier Mourinho had given "mysterious" instructions to 2º Real Madrid goalie Dudek on the bench to which he transmitted to Iker Casillas under the pretext of giving him some water. There both had a conversation while the ball & play was far away in the Ajax square. Minutes later Casillas travelled to midfield & talked to Sergio Ramos. All fine up till here until Xabi Alonso earned himself a 2º yellow card for time wasting & was sent off. Then Sergio Ramos wasted time & earned himself a 2º yellow as well & was sent off with just 1º min left of official time.
We all then caught on that both Xabi & Ramos had been given a yellow earlier & what Mourinho apparently seemed to wish is that they both find a 2º yellow card to serve their punishment against French & other Group team Auxerre were Real Madrid did not risk anything. This way both players serve their punishment & would have a "fresh" ( & clean of yellow card accumulations) cycle when the real business "knock-out" Rounds occur.
This last apparent strategy from Mourinho - if correct - will cause plenty of debate & talk tonight & in coming days as some believe it is not the "fair way" or "cleanest" way to do things. However, Mourinho has it all very clear, winning is the final aim & the methods justify the end. At least this is how it seemed to us all, the millions watching via TV & the thousands of fans at the ground. Tweet