Ruthless Dortmund hammer Ajax

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IOL pic nov22 soccer uefa dortmund ajax Reuters Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (left) fights for the ball with Ajax Amsterdam's Daley Blind during their Champions League Group D soccer match in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Amsterdam - Borussia Dortmund produced a ruthlessly efficient performance to win 4-1 at Ajax Amsterdam and qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare on Wednesday.

The Germans looked capable of scoring every time they broke as they raced to a 3-0 halftime lead against the ineffective four-times former champions.

Marco Reus put the Germans ahead after eight minutes, combining with Mario Goetze in a deadly counter-attack down the right before slipping the ball between goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer's legs.

With Dortmund needing only a point to go through, Goetze added the second in the 36th minute and Lewandowski scored from a rebound five minutes later. Although Ajax had plenty of possession, Lewandowski added his second in the 67th minute before Daniel Hoesen scored a late consolation. - Reuters

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