German media are harsh on Borussia Dortmund and are full of praise for Ajax after the record defeat of the Germans in the Champions League on Tuesday evening (4-0).

In the Dutch morning papers there is a jubilant mood about the impressive game of the Amsterdammers.

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The never very subtle German tabloid

Bild only

puts the result of Dortmund's biggest Champions League defeat at the beginning of its article for clarity.

"4-0, 4-0, 4-0, 4-0! What an embarrassment! What a loss! The fans completely covered the ArenA with fireworks with fireworks. And that's how Dortmund played. Completely intoxicated!"

The leading football

magazine Kicker has

opted for a similar metaphor.

"When the smoke cleared, Dortmund got into trouble - and the team couldn't get over it. With lightning-fast combinations, Ajax played the defense of the completely overwhelmed number two of the Bundesliga dizzyingly."

The leader of the Eredivisie ensured the biggest Dutch victory over a German club in Champions League history in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Marco Reus (own goal), Daley Blind, Antony and Sébastien Haller were responsible for the goals.


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'Total football in Amsterdam'

The regional newspaper

Neue Ruhr Zeitung

writes that Ajax completely outclassed the German top club.

"Amsterdam tempo football constantly embarrassed the dazed Dortmund defense. The 4-0 defeat is a debacle and a lesson for 'BVB'."


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

states that Borussia Dortmund's game in Amsterdam raises big questions for the rest of the season. "Dortmund became increasingly powerless against the swirling opponent. Ajax had the upper hand, especially on the left side of the BVB defense. 21-year-old Antony made sure that the Dortmund defenders looked old with his enthusiasm and technique."


Der Spiegel

speaks in its headline above the match report of a "total demonstration" of Ajax.

"It should have been the first big test for Dortmund under coach Marco Rose, it ended in a debacle. Ten men defended, ten men attacked at Ajax; the famous 'total football' that was born in Amsterdam. Everything came together perfectly on this memorable evening."


Antony leaves keeper without a chance and makes 3-0 for Ajax

'Special evening for Dutch football'

The mood in the Dutch media is obviously a lot better.

"Rarely has a team from the top of the Bundesliga on Dutch soil been so played from pillar to post when Borussia Dortmund occasionally came over on Tuesday evening,"




De Telegraaf

believes that Ajax has advertised Dutch football.

"In the first act, a match unfolded as Johan Cruijff had in mind when he shook things up at Ajax in 2010. The opening goal was still a lucky one. After that it was one big football show from Amsterdam perspective."

De Volkskrant

is short of superlatives to describe Ajax's game.

"It was football to enjoy, to eat until the last turn of the ball, football that should have lasted forever, or at least well into the Amsterdam night."

Standings in CL group C

  • 1. Ajax 3-9 (+10)

  • 2. Borussia Dortmund 3-6 (-2)

  • 3. Sporting CP 3-3 (-2)

  • 4. Besiktas 3-0 (-6)

View the standings, the results and the program in the Champions League

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