Real Madrid gave away their European crown more than 1000 days after the title in Milan in the worst way possible. Ajax thrashed (1-4) Los Blancos at home with a brave and young team to nail down the coffin of a great group of players that made history in football. Real Madrid were unable to fight until the end with pride in the last Champions League game of many players with the white t-shirt.
And it will be also the last Champions League for Santiago Hernán Solari with Real Madrid. The manager was unable to change the direction of the game, crystal clear from the first goal. It’s true that the injuries of Lucas Vázquez and Vinicius Junior tied his hands, but the midfield was completely lost during the whole game.
Everything might have changed if Raphael Varane scored in the first minutes but his header hit the bar. Soon after, in the 7th minute Ziyech scored the first goal. The defense performance was terrible during the whole evening while Sergio Ramos was registering a documentary in his VIP seat. A good image to illustrate the fall of this team. Far from react, Neres scored the second goal in the 18th minute, so the Dutch team was ahead in the aggregate only in the first 20 minutes.
Ajax could have scored more goals in the first half but the scoreboard was open in the half time. Even Gareth Bale, the supposed star of this team, could balance the result but his shot hit the post. Solari didn’t see that the team was breaking down in the midfield and Toni Kroos and Casemiro continued playing in the second half. As a result of this, Tadic scored the third goal in the 63rd minute while the supporter were already leaving the stadium.
Marco Asensio goal just 5 minutes after gave some hope but it was an illusion because Schone scored from a magic free kick. Not even Courtois showed his quality in this team full of success. Only Luka Modric or Reguilón showed some pride while the others just stayed on the pitch, completely lost, as the coach or the president during the summer. Zinedine Zidane saw it coming, Florentino didn’t. Time to think how to comeback after a tough defeat, thanking these players that made history for the club.