Auxerre: Sorin; Hengbart, Coulibaly, Grichting,
Dudka; N'Dinga, Pedretti; Contout (Jelen 46'), Chafni (Quercia 87'), Langil
(Traoré 76'); Oliech. 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Iker Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Xavi Alonso, Khedira, Lass (Di María 72'); Benzema (Özil 57'), Higuaín (Diarrá 85'), Cristiano Ronaldo. 4-3-3.
0-1. 81. Di María. Got ahead of Pedretti to control Özil cross and shoot past Sorin.
A late goal from Di María gave Real Madrid a 0-1 victory at Auxerre in their second group G match. Against a side struggling in the French league, Madrid were favourites to win. But they were almost caught out in the opening minutes when Oliech charged down Casillas's clearance but couldn't stop the ball going out of play. After that though e visitors were on top, Cristiano Ronaldo bringing a good save out of Sorin, Higuaín having a shot cleared off the line by Chafni with the keeper beaten, and Marcelo getting behind the defence to connect with a long pass from Xabi Alonso only to see Sorin keep him out. After the restart Ronaldo tested the keeper again with a long free kick, but with the clock running down Mourinho turned to Özil and then Di María. There was a moment of panic when Pepe headed a long cross against his own upright, but a minute or so later Di María controlled a cross from Özil to fire an angled shot in to the net. That was enough to win it, and with Ajax and AC Milan drawing 1-1 in the other group game, Mourinho's side top their mini-league.