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Pressure ramps up on Solari as classy Ajax stun champions Real

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David Neres
David Neres

By Staff Reporter

Holders Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League as Ajax produced a stunning 4-1 victory in the Bernabeu to reach the quarter-finals.

Los Blancos, with captain Sergio Ramos suspended after deliberately collecting a yellow card in the first leg, had been looking to build on a slender 2-1 lead and stay on course for a fourth straight European triumph.

However, after Raphael Varane's header rattled the bar, Ajax raced into an early lead through Hakim Ziyech before Dusan Tadic set up David Neres for a second.

Real were forced into two changes when Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior went off injured, with substitute Gareth Bale hitting the post.

Ajax looked to have put the tie to bed when Tadic swept in a brilliant third just after the hour - eventually given after a VAR review to check if the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.

Sub Marco Asensio gave Real hope with 20 minutes left, but Lasse Schone curled in an angled free-kick on 72 minutes.

Real finished with 10 men after Nacho's two cautions.

The defeat was a fourth successive home loss for Real and will see pressure mount on manager Santiago Solari.

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