UCL: AJAX SHOCK REAL AS SPURS DUMP OUT DORTMUND
Reigning Champions suffer shock exit
Holders Real Madrid were dumped out of the Champions League by Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Dutch side hammered 13-time European Champions Real 4-1 to advance 5-3 on aggregate after trailing 2-1 from the first leg.
Hakim Ziyech gave the Dutch side the perfect start, scoring after just seven minutes and David Neres added a second shortly to stun the hosts. Former Southampton man Dusan Tadic curled in a third in the second half to put his side3-0 up but substitute Marco Asensio pulled one back for the hosts on 70minutes to give Real a glimmer of hope. However Lasse Schone scored a stunning free-kick almost immediately to all but quash any hope of a comeback for the Galacticos.
The result sees Ajax win a knockout tie in the Champions League for the first time in 22 years and they are now only the second team to eliminate Real Madrid from a European knockout tie after losing the first leg at home.
The rot if any continues for Santiago Solari and Real Madrid. They have now lost four successive home games for only but the third time in their history and last night’s elimination at the hands of Ajax means Real Madrid are the first reigning Champions League winners to not qualify for the quarter-finals since Chelsea in 2012-2013.
In Germany, Tottenham defeated Borrusia Dortmund 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion to progress to the quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate.
Harry Kane scored the game’s only goal to become the club’s top scorer in European competition with 24goals, and sends his team through to the next stage for the first time since 2011.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side came into the tie with a healthy 3-0 lead from the first leg at Wembly and had to withstand an intense period of sustained pressure from the hosts who obviously needed to get going early on to get back into the tie.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept Spurs in the tie with fine saves to deny Reus,Gotze, Sancho and Wiegl as Dortmund rained shots on the English side’s goal. “We are in the quarter-finals. I’m so happy for the players and the fans. It’s an important victory. Of course we suffered a bit but its ok and we fully deserve to be in the quarter-finals” said Mauricio Pochettino after the game.