Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No Upsets in First Day Champions League

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No Upsets in First Day Champions League

Article excerpt

SOCCER: Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning start to his first Champions League campaign at Real Madrid as his side beat Ajax 2-0 yesterday, while Arsenal and Chelsea both strolled to emphatic wins.

Mourinho was brought to the Bernabeu with the brief of delivering Real's 10th European crown and his team emerged with all three points from their Group G opener despite making heavy work of four-time champions Ajax.

The Spanish giants penned Martin Jol's team inside their own penalty area right from the kick-off, with Gonzalo Higuain curling a long-range strike against the crossbar and Angel di Maria shooting over when well-placed.

The breakthrough arrived in fortuitous fashion in the 31st minute when Higuain challenged Vurnon Anita for Xabi Alonso's corner and forced the Ajax defender to put through his goal.

Real put Ajax under increased pressure in the second period and after Cristiano Ronaldo had spurned a series of chances, Higuain made the game safe with a close-range volley 17 minutes from the end. …

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