Real Madrid's fine form continued ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with Barcelona, as they swiped Ajax aside 4-1 in their Champions League group stage encounter in Amsterdam.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero again, as his first Champions League hat trick, plus a spectacular Karim Benzema goal, ensured that the Los Blancos sit pretty atop their group with maximum points from the two matches played so far.
Kaka, Jose Callejon and Michael Essien were the surprise starters in this Champions League Group D clash, and Kaka immediately rediscovered his good understanding with Ronaldo. The two set up chances for one another early on, but Kenneth Vermeer saved well on both occasions.
His impressive performance will mean that his fortunes may have changed at the Spanish club.