An 81st minute goal from substitute Angel di Maria gave Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid a 1-0 win over a stubborn AJ Auxerre in their UEFA Champions League group stage match on Tuesday.
Real Madrid dominated proceedings with 65% of the ball possession and 17 shots on goal but were kept at bay by a well-organized and composed Auxerre defence.
Real now tops their group with six points from two matches in their quest for an elusive tenth European title.
Auxerre: Sorin; Hengbart, Coulibaly, Grichting, Dudka; Contout (Jelen, m.46), Pedretti, Ndinga, Langil (Traoré, m.78); Chafni (Quercia, m.88), Oliech.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Lass Diarra (Di María, m.72); Higuaín (M.Diarra, m.85), Benzema (Özil, m.58), Cristiano Ronaldo.
Goal: 0-1, m.81: Di María.