Ajax inflicted a humiliating defeat to Real Madrid this Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and knocked out the European champions in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-1 win.
After beating Ajax in Amsterdam 2-1 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League first knockout round, Real Madrid, the current European title-holders, received the Dutch champions on Tuesday with a one-goal lead and without Sergio Ramos. The Spanish midfielder 'forced' a yellow card at the end of the first leg match in preparation for the next round of the competition and ended up not playing for Ajax.
In an environment worthy of the Champions League, Ajax appeared at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with a minimal disadvantage and a novelty in the game sheet. Benfica's Portuguese goalkeeper, Varela, was one of the players who watched the game from the bench and saw Ajax 7 minutes late on with a goal from Hakim Ziyech.
With Gareth Bale and Marcelo on the bench, Rea Madrid could not impose their game and in the 18th minute Ajax 'turned' the tie with a goal from Brazilian striker David Neres. Santiago Solari moved in with the arrival of the Welshman and Spaniard Marco Asensio in the 29 'and 35' minutes respectively, but Ajax went to the interval in advantage on the scoreboard and on the undercard.
In the second half, Real Madrid were forced to score goals, but it would again be Ajax to extend the lead with a goal from Serbian striker Dušan Tadić in the 62nd minute.
Marco Asencio still revived hopes of meringues with 3-1 in the 70th minute but Real Madrid had no strategy to reverse the course of events and Ajax virtually ruled out the undercard and the game with a goal from Lasse Schöne 72 'minutes.
With this result, Ajax have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, leaving behind them the 'three-time European champion'.