Real Madrid vs Ajax, Champions League last-16, second leg

The front page of El Pais on Wednesday 6 March 2019

The front page of El Pais on Wednesday 6 March 2019

Two defeats - at home in the past week - to archrival Barcelona, the yin to their yang, had meant Real Madrid were out of the Spanish Cup and, barring divine intervention, out of the race for the Spanish title. The team was coming off two demoralizing home losses to archrival Barcelona - 1-0 in the Spanish league and 3-0 in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.

"Of course we miss Cristiano", Luka Modric said.

"We'll be training tomorrow, we have our LaLiga commitments at the weekend".

"It's impossible to forget what he has done for this club and the work he has put in to give us so much success, he knows this will return again soon with lots of work".

There has been widespread speculation of a possible departure for the 29-year-old forward but Barnett said that Bale has no intention of leaving the European champions. Madrid had reached at least the semifinals in eight straight seasons and hadn't failed to make it past the last 16 since 2010.

Real Madrid who lost Lucas Vasquez and Vinicius JR through injury looked to get a goal back before the break, but the post denied Gareth Bale while Daley Blind made an excellent block to keep out a Marco Asensio strike.

The front page of Diario Sport on Wednesday 6 March 2019
The front page of Diario Sport on Wednesday 6 March 2019

The Bernabeu crowd went silent early when Ziyech opened the scoring after a breakaway that started with a run by Tadic through the right flank.

Ajax fans had to wait for four long minutes for confirmation, as officials consulted the VAR, but once the goal was given the visitors led 4-2 on aggregate.

After a win over Levante on February 24, Madrid could not have imagined a week as bad as this.

The fans whistled at half-time and Madrid were no better after, creating chances but lacking composure and control. Ramos was wit hfreinds before the game before heading up to watch the match. Calls about his commitment to integrating with the team, his lack of communicative abilities etc. the press has been after him.

The Belgian later leapt across his goal to parry a shot from Ziyech, and used his body to thwart Tadic.

But Lasse Schone's set-piece stunner two minutes later effectively ended the holders' hopes, and Nacho's second yellow card in second-half stoppage time slammed the door shut.

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