Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (4-5): Nightmare week ends with Los Blancos out of the Champions League

Madrid have exited the Copa del Rey and the Champions League over the last seven days

 Así narraron las radios el segundo gol del Ajax que eliminaba virtualmente al Real Madrid de la Champions | @Radioestadio

Lluís Payarols

Reigning European champions Real Madrid are out of the Champions League after being hammered 4-1 at home by Ajax on Tuesday.   


Champions League




Real Madrid

Courtois; Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Reguilón; Casemiro (Valverde, 87'), Kroos, Modric; Lucas Vázquez (Bale, 29'), Vinícius Jr. (Marco Asensio, 34') y Benzema.


Onana; Mazraoui, (Veltman, 80') De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; Schöne (De Wit, 73'), Van de Beek, De Jong; Ziyech, Neres (Dolberg 73') y Tadic.


Felix Brych (Alemania). Mostró tarjeta amarilla a Carvajal y Nacho (2, 93'), por el Real Madrid, y a Mazraoui, por el Ajax.


0-1 M. 7 Ziyech. 0-2 M. 18 Neres. 0-3 M. 63 Tadic. 1-3 M. 70 Marco Asensio. 1-4 M. 72 Schöne.


Partido correspondiente a la vuelta de los octavos de final de la Champions League, disputado en el Santiago Bernabéu ante unos 80.000 espectadores.

Hakim Ziyech and David Neres moved Ajax into a 2-0 lead on the night at the Bernabeu, giving the Dutch side the advantage on aggregate after they lost the first leg 2-1 to Madrid in Amsterdam. 

The brilliant Dusan Tadic made it three after the break before Marco Asensio pulled one back for Madrid, handing Santi Solari's side a lifeline. 

That lifeline lasted just two minutes, though, before Lasse Schone whipped home a brilliant free kick to earn Ajax a place in the last eight. 

Nacho Fernandez was sent off late on as Madrid saw their season disappear with elimination from a third competition in less than a week. 

Back-to-back defeats to Barcelona saw them knocked out of the Copa del Rey and drop 12 points behind top spot in La Liga. 

Now out of the Champions League -- on the back of their fourth defeat at the Bernabeu in a row -- they have little left to play for this season. 

There can be few doubts about what the future holds for Solari. In the current panorama, it will be a surprise if he makes it until the summer. He has a contract until 2020 but president Florentino Perez is already sounding out replacements. 

As for this young Ajax side, they will now believe they are capable of going all the way in Europe. Tadic, a veteran of this team at 30, was superb, as were Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, who will join Barcelona in the summer. 

No one will want to face them in the next round. They were unlucky at home to Madrid but they were ruthless at the Bernabeu on Tuesday. 

Tadic laid on the first two goals, setting up Ziyech before producing a Cruyff turn -- how fitting -- to create Neres' goal. 

Madrid lost Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez to injury before Tadic turned finisher in the second half, hammering home from the edge of the box to complete an incisive counter-attack. There was a short VAR delay as it was checked if the ball had gone out in the build up to the goal. 

Asensio then pulled one back for Madrid but it proved a consolation when Schone, with his last touch of the game, found the top corner from wide on the right, Thibaut Courtois as helpless as he was suspect. 

All the while, Sergio Ramos watched on from the stands. The Madrid defender had picked up a booking in the first leg in order to be available for the quarterfinal. There's now no quarterfinal to be available for.


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