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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

SPORTS - Ajax stun Real Madrid with 1-4 win at Bernabeu

Ajax produced one of the greatest Champions League comebacks as they stunned reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu to knock them out at the last-16 stage.

Madrid were heavy favourites to go through to the quarter-finals after taking a 2-1 lead from the first leg but were outclassed by the Dutch side in their own stadium.
Dusan Tadic provided a masterclass at the La Liga giants providing two assists before scoring the third goal himself.
Hakim Ziyech and David Neres scored the opening two goals after some superb build up play from Tadic.

Marco Asensio scored 20 minutes from time but it was not enough to secure a comeback as Lasse Schone scored two minutes later to end any hopes.
Sergio Ramos may have been regretting his decision to pick up a yellow card late on in the first leg so he would be suspended for the second tie.
Raphael Varane’s header rattled the crossbar early on but Ajax raced into an early lead through Ziyech after being set up by Tadic.

Ajax stun Real Madrid with 1-4 win at Bernabeu

He then provided the chance for David Neres to scored the second in the 18th minute.
Real Madrid were forced into two changes when Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior went off injured, with substitute Gareth Bale hitting the post just before half-time.
Ajax looked to have put the tie to bed when Tadic swept in a brilliant third goal just after the hour – which was eventually given following an extensive Video Assistant Referee review to check if the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.
Substitute Marco Asensio briefly gave Real hope when he put the ball in off the post with 20 minutes left.

Lasse Schone, though, capped a brilliant night for Erik Ten Hag’s side when he curled in an angled free-kick over Thibaut Courtois on 72 minutes.
Real finished with 10 men after Nacho picked up two needless late cautions.
The defeat was a fourth successive home loss for Los Blancos following on from being beaten by arch-rivals Barcelona in LaLiga on Saturday – and will see pressure mount on manager Santiago Solari.
Ajax, meanwhile, go on to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2003.

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