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Champions League roundup: Ajax rout Dortmund, Real Madrid sink Shakhtar

Champions League roundup: Ajax rout Dortmund, Real Madrid sink Shakhtar

  • Ajax 4-0 Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar 0-5 Real Madrid
  • Porto edge out Milan, Inter see off Sheriff for first victory

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Last modified on Tue 19 Oct 2021 18.46 EDT

Ajax produced a dominant showing to rout Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in Amsterdam, maintaining their 100% record in the Champions League and putting the Dutch champions in control of Group C.

The hosts went in front when Dusan Tadic’s free-kick deflected in off Dortmund’s Marco Reus, who was credited with the own goal. Daley Blind doubled the lead with a half-volley from the edge of the area in the 25th minute, and Dortmund keeper Gregor Kobel produced several saves to keep the scoreline respectable at half-time.

Erling Haaland struck the crossbar for the visitors soon after the restart but Ajax quickly regained control of the match, and the winger Antony made it three with a curling left-footed finish. Sébastian Haller headed home the fourth in the 72nd minute from Blind’s cross – the former West Ham striker’s sixth goal in three group-stage matches.

In the early kick-off in Group C, Sporting boosted their hopes of reaching the last 16 with an emphatic 4-1 win against Besiktas in Istanbul. Sébastian Coates scored twice with first-half headers before Pablo Sarabia struck from the penalty spot. Paulinho completed the scoring with a fine finish in the dying moments.

Vinícius Júnior produced two superb finishes as Real Madrid thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk in Kyiv.

Real Madrid bounced back from their shock defeat by Sheriff Tiraspol with a 5-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in Kyiv. Zinedine Zidane’s side led 1-0 at half-time after Serhiy Kryvtsov sliced in a Lucas Vázquez cross beyond his own goalkeeper for a spectacular 37th-minute own goal. In the second half, Vinícius Júnior put the game beyond Shakhtar with two stunning goals in five minutes – converting Luka Modric’s fine through ball before an individual effort, with the Brazilian dribbling past three defenders. Vinícius set up his compatriot Rodrygo for the fourth before Karim Benzema added a fifth in stoppage time.

Internazionale denied Sheriff another upset, prevailing 3-1 at San Siro to earn their first win in Group D – Edin Dzeko volleyed Inter in front, but Sébastien Thill produced another moment of magic, equalising with a long-range free kick. Dzeko set up Arturo Vidal to quickly fired Inter back in front before Stefan de Vrij sealed a vital win with a near-post finish from a cornergetting the goals.

It was another disappointing night for Inter’s local rivals as Milan lost 1-0 in Porto. Luis Díaz scored the winner midway through the second half for Porto, who created a number of chances before the Colombian’s strike. Milan appealed for a foul in the build-up but neither the referee or VAR agreed, and Stefano Pioli’s side remain without a point after three Group B games.

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