Ajax produced one of the biggest upsets in Champions League history as they thumped holders Real Madrid 4-1 to secure a scarcely-believable 5-3 aggregate win.
Dusan Tadic was outstanding, providing a goal and two assists, as the visitors embarrassed Santiago Solari’s side by overturning a 2-1 first-leg deficit.
Ajax had to come from behind to defeat the three-time champions of Europe, and had their crossbar rattled early on through Raphael Varane. But Hakim Ziyech and David Neres struck inside the opening 20 minutes, before Tadic fired into the top corner after the restart to leave Real needing to score three times due to away goals.
The holders did reply through Marco Asensio’s low shot, but Lasse Schone’s wonderful free-kick two minutes later sucked the final life out of Madrid – who were without Sergio Ramos after the Spaniard decided it was job done after the first leg and collected a booking, and subsequent suspension, on purpose.
A miserable night for the hosts was compounded when Nacho was shown a red card for a needless kick on Donny van de Beek in stoppage time as Ajax reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 16 years.
Frenkie De Jong was quietly superb for his side, dominating Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in midfield with some brilliant touches. In one delightful moment early on, he sat down Vinicius Junior and escaped Modric with a wonderful drop of the shoulder.
His confidence was once more on show late on as he overplayed in a dangerous position, losing possession as Madrid very nearly snatched a second but André Onana spared his blushes from Gareth Bale‘s shot. It was another demonstration of his self-belief in a performance that will have delighted Barcelona supporters.