Euro Watch: Ajax stutter to Heracles draw
- 23 October 2012 11:53
- Posted by Mark Booth
Ajax lie five points behind Eredivisie leaders FC Twente in fourth place after drawing 3-3 with Heracles.
City's next UEFA Champions League opponents let a two goal advantage slip away at Heracles Almelo on Sunday, drawing 3-3 at the Polman Stadium.
With FC Twente slipping up over the weekend, this was a chance for the defending champions to close the gap on Steve McClaren's men but they were unable to do so, despite leading 2-0 and 3-1.
Frank De Boer's side were cruising when Lasse Schone put them 2-0 up in the 25th minute but they were pegged back by Te Wierik's goal after 61 minutes. Tobias Sana restored the two-goal advantage a minute later but two goals in the last ten minutes from the Almelo side meant that Ajax had to settle for a point.
It was a bad weekend for fellow Group D outfit Borussia Dortmund as they fell 12 points behind Bayern Munich in their quest for a third-successive Bundesliga title.
Jurgen Klopp's experimental formation with three at the back backfired as they went down to a third-successive defeat, this time 2-1 to Schalke in the 141st Revierderby.
This match was marred by violence before the start of the game where police were forced to use water cannons to prevent Schalke fans from pulling down a fence and arrested 200 supporters at Dortmund's Signal-Iduna Park.
An Ibrahim Afelay wondergoal gave Schalke the lead after 14 minutes and they extended their advantage three minutes into the second half through Marcos Hoger. Robert Lewandowski hit back after 56 minutes but that's all that Dortmund could muster and it was Schalke who looked the likelier to get the game's fourth goal before the full-time whistle was blown.
Finally, Real Madrid warmed up for their showdown against Dortmund with a routine 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening.
Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo secured the victory to keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
It was far from a vintage performance from Los Blancos in a low-key encounter but Jose Mourinho will be satisfied that the few goalmouth incidents in the game were forced by his side.
This latest victory kept Madrid within eight points of Barcelona who came out on top in a crazy 5-4 win over Deportivo later in the night.
A win for Real over Dortmund on Wednesday night will surely secure their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League.