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Real Madrid gets axed by Ajax in the Champions League

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With a historic 1-4 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ajax from Amsterdam defeats Real Madrid and puts an end to Los Blancos’ Champions League reign.

It was the most important match of the season for Real Madrid after getting eliminated in two different competitions against FC Barcelona, they faced Ajax in the Champions League in what was ready to become another one of those magical nights of this beautiful competition.

The Dutch side was confident on possibly shocking Los Blancos with an elimination that even the Real Madrid fand could expect, this Spanish side is too far from what we got during the last three seasons in their fetish competition.

The first half gave us a pair of assists from Serbian striker Dusan Tadic, who set up Hakim Ziyech for the first goal and David Neres for the second before the break.

Those two goals were more than enough for all the Real Madrid fans to lose all hope in a possible turn around, but the injuries of Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior were the ultimate killing blow for Los Blancos.

This squad was ending their season quite early, by getting eliminated in all three competitions in the span of only six days.

Manager Santiago Solari had a lot of work to do if he wanted to convince his players that coming back from this result was possible.

With only one goal away from sending the match into extra time, the second half started and Real Madrid really tried to do the impossible from the start of those final 45 minutes.

The problem here is that Real Madrid was facing a very powerful Ajax squad, perhaps one of the most competitive in the last 10 years and led by the De Jong/De Ligt duo.

The FC Barcelona transfer proved that he can give us a passing master class when he is not injured, he completely owned the Santiago Bernabeu midfield and surpassed the trio former by Casemiro, Modric, and Toni Kross.

The two injuries that Los Blancos suffered during the second half are what doomed them for good, several players left on the pitch were completely drained off their energy and they didn’t have much more to offer.

The most painful moment came with 30 minutes left on the clock, a ball seemed to leave the sidelines but the referee didn’t call a side throw and this started the play that ultimately ended in Ajax’s third goal of the night.

Tadic scored his goal from a distance in a counter-attack, but the referee had to consult VAR in order to properly call it after reviewing that play on repeated occasions.

With a 0-3 at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid needed three more goals to turn the game around and they had to score them in less than 28 minutes.

Marco Asensio did manage to pull one back for his side after a Sergio Reguilon assist, this gave Los Blancos a little hope but it was destined to end in another heartbreak.

Just a couple of minutes after the local squad’s goal, Danish midfielder Lasse Schone scored a beautiful long-distance free-kick that was very reminiscent to the one that Messi scored against Courtois back in 2014.

Back then the Real Madrid goalkeeper played for Atletico Madrid and also failed to cover his far post, this was enough for Los Blancos to get a historic 1-4 defeat against Ajax at the Bernabeu.

This marks the end of the second Real Madrid golden era, one in which they won four out of the last five Champions League trophies.

A new time for reconstruction needs to begin for the Spanish giants, they have been eliminated from all the competitions quite early in the season and they have at least four months to plan next season with a new manager.

There will also come several new players, with many of the ones still in the club possibly leaving by the end of the season.

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