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Real Madrid vs Ajax takes place in the final round of group games in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with the Spanish team already qualified for the knock out stages. However, Ajax will need no motivation to try and win in the Bernabeu, and if they can win or equal Manchester City's result in the other Group D game today, then they will secure third spot and a place in the Europa League. The game will kick off at 2.45 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Real Madrid currently sit third in the so called Group of Death, which contained league champions from Germany, Spain, England and Holland. They managed to secure their place in the next round with a game to go, meaning that manager Jose Mourinho may decide to rest some key players tonight.
If that does happen it could open the way for Ajax to gain an important win to secure third place in the group.
Ajax are currently sitting in third place with four points from their five games. Below them are Manchester City, who have just three points. The English club have had a terrible Champions League campaign and have been unable to register a win in the competition until now – just three draws and two losses.
Many have said that City's inexperience at playing on the European stage is showing, however, after winning the English Premier League last season many had expected a better showing from the Blues. But for the second year running they will exit the competition at the group stages.
But City will be hoping to win in Germany today – with Borussia Dortmund in the same position as Real – they have already qualified for the next round and so could potentially decide to rest some key players. That could help City secure a win in Germany and pressure Ajax.
However, since Ajax have a point advantage over City coming into this game then all they have to do is equal City's result today to guarantee their place in Europe's second-tier competition – the Europa League.
Real Madrid vs Ajax kicks off at 2.45 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.