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Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax: 3 things we learned from the historic Ajax win at the Bernabeu

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06 Mar 2019, 10:36 IST

Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

It's all over for Real Madrid in the Champions League. The current holders are out and this definitely means that there will be a new Champions League winner this season. After yesterday night's inspiring win, Ajax might just fancy their chances of winning the coveted European trophy against all odds.

Ajax totally outclassed Real Madrid in their own backyard and as the commentators rightly said during the game, Madrid were second best in every possible department on the pitch last night.

The goal riot for Ajax started with Hakim Ziyech opening the scoring in just the 7th minute when Madrid lost the ball horrendously in their own half, just for Dusan Tadic to latch on to it and provide a sublime assist for Ziyech to finish it.

Just 11 minutes later in the 18th minute, Tadic showed his class once again to run through the Madrid defense, to eventually end up passing the ball accurately to David Neres, who chipped the ball over Thibaut Courtois for the second goal.

It was game over for the Galacticos when Dusan Tadic found the back of the net in the 62nd minute. Lasse Schone ended Madrid's Champions League journey with a high cross from a set piece, which ended up in the net for Ajax's fourth goal. Though Marco Asensio pulled one back, it was merely a consolation.

on that note, let's look at the top 3 things we learned from the famous Ajax win last night.

#1 The Ajax team is a factory of young European talent

Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

No one expected the young Ajax team to come to the Santiago Bernabeu and overturn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-1 win over the mighty Real Madrid, but the young Ajax team just went all the way to glory.

Frenkie de Jong (21), David Neres (22) and Mathias de Ligt (19) played like absolute veterans of the game and bossed their respective roles throughout the 90 minutes.


While de Jong made Luka Modric look ordinary in the midfield, de Ligt did not give an inch of space for Karim Benzema to attack the Ajax goal. On the other hand, David Neres terrorized the Madrid defense, and he was rewarded well in the 18th minute. Dusan Tadic cross found him one on one with Belgian International Thibaut Courtois and not everyone has the guts to chip the ball over the tall goalkeeper, but that's exactly what Neres did.

There is no doubt that Ajax is a factory of young talent in Europe, and as Barcelona have already snapped up Frenkie de Jong from the next season onwards, there is no doubt there are 5-6 names in the Ajax first team right now, who could be playing for European powerhouses probably next season, especially Mathias de Ligt.

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