Ramos was filming Amazon documentary as Real Madrid eliminated from Europe


Ajax manager Erik ten Hag believes his side were worthy winners after their near-perfect victory over Real Madrid.

Bale had started the defeat to Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday but the Welshman departed to whistles in the second half and was dropped for the return against Ajax, with Madrid 2-1 ahead from the first leg.

"The week has been hard for us", said Nacho.

Bale has won four Champions League trophies and scored 101 goals in 218 appearances since joining Real from Tottenham for £85 million ($112 million) in 2013.

"In one week everything has gone, and all of it after matches at home".

Ajax were hugely impressive in the Champions League round of 16 first leg as they repeatedly broke down the Real Madrid defence with some intricate passages of play, but they ultimately lost 2-1 with profligacy in front of goal and awful officiating costing them.

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- Madrid have lost four successive games at the Bernabéu for just the third occasion in their history - also doing so in 1995 and 2004.

Here are all the goals and highlights from the match. Real Madrid, licking their wounds from two straight losses to Barcelona, had something to prove, and they dominated the early minutes with Raphael Varane, in for the suspended Sergio Ramos, hitting the bar.

"No not yet. Only during my contract signing, they said: try to knock out Real. The season continues and we have to keep playing". In a season when there is no dominant European club, Real Madrid had reason to hope despite their struggles elsewhere.

Truth be told, the club did realize that a rebuild was necessary after last season. The club put their faith in other players. Rising stars like Isco, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos did not immediately go to the next level, for a variety of reasons.

Raphael Varane and Luka Modric have only recently recovered from their World Cups while Toni Kroos still doesn't look like the player he was before departing for Russian Federation in June.

"This will pass and what I see with Gareth is a player who is happy and who has not lost any of his hunger and desire for success". With nothing left to play for, Real Madrid now embark on their longest off-season in 42 years.