Real Madrid's Champions League reign ends with stunning loss to Ajax

06 March, 2019, 08:00 | Author: Amy Huff
  • The front page of El Pais on Wednesday 6 March 2019

Real Madrid's Champions League defence came crashing down in a humiliating home defeat to Ajax on Tuesday, ending their three-year grip on the trophy.

Dusan Tadic's majestic turn around dumb-founded Madrid midfielder Casemiro to set up the second goal lit up social media , and Barcelona fans relished seeing future player Frenkie de Jong making light work of Luka Modric. "If everyone participates, we have enough quality to cause a surprise", he said before the game.

Barca's two wins had the added sting that they tipped the historical balance of the rivalry in favor of the Blaugranas, who now have 96 Clasico wins to Real Madrid's 95.

"It is obvious that Real Madrid is a great team, one of the best in the world, I have great respect for them but, today, I see myself in Paris".

They had won it three times in a row, four times in the last five years, while the last time Madrid failed to reach the quarter-finals was 2010, in Cristiano Ronaldo's first year at the club.

- Madrid have lost four successive games at the Bernabéu for just the third occasion in their history - also doing so in 1995 and 2004.

The front page of Diario Sport on Wednesday 6 March 2019
The front page of Diario Sport on Wednesday 6 March 2019

DF Dani Carvajal, 4 - Given a real chasing by Ajax left winger David Neres, especially when losing the Brazilian before he scored Ajax's second goal.

The defender was the punchline to many, many jokes on social media following his inexplicable decision to pick up a yellow card on goal during the Champions League last 16 first leg with Ajax.

Within days of the Champions League final, coach Zinedine Zidane announced he was leaving the club. Real Madrid, licking their wounds from two straight losses to Barcelona, had something to prove, and they dominated the early minutes with Raphael Varane, in for the suspended Sergio Ramos, hitting the bar. Real Madrid's season was ended in a week.

Real have in past seasons found solace in the Champions League when struggling domestically, but this time found no respite from their current woes as Ajax produced a pulsating display of attacking football. The goal gave Ajax confidence and ten minutes later it was 2-0.

The following day, Real sacked Lopetegui and replaced him with Santiago Solari.

FW Vinicius Junior, 7 - As so often recently, his dribbles forward looked Madrid's best chance of a goal.

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