The Kings of the Champions League lost their crown in stunning fashion last night. Up 2-1 on aggergate heading into the second leg at the Bernebeau, the tie looked all but over until Ajax came out and sucker punched Real, going 2-0 up in the game and 3-2 on aggeragte 17 minutes into the game.
Varane and Bale both hit the post for Los Blancos in the first half. In the second half, Ajax went up 3-0 after a cracking hit from Dusan Tadic. Real pulled one back through Marco Asensio.
But the highlight of the night was the stagggering free kick from Schone, putting it back post upper 90 from a damn near impossible angle, leaving Thibaut Courtois absolutely hopeless in goal.
The Ajax Youth Factory is truly back in full swing, and they have rightfully taken their place amongst Europe’s elite once again. CEO of Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United legend Edwin Van der Sar was brought to the club to place emphasis on academy player development integration into the first team, and it more than paid off last night. This is the most talented Ajax side since the Louis Van Gaal Ajax teams of the mid 90s that dominated European football with the names of Kluivert, Van der Sar, Rijkaard, Seedorf, the De Boer brothers, Jari Litmanen and Edgar Davids, all of whom went onto become legends of the game after smashing the mighty AC Milan 4-0 in the 1995 UCL Final.
Ajax did every football fan a favor last night and humbled the most arrogant team in football history. A Real Madrid side whom over the last three UCL campaigns were the beneficaries of some questionable refereeing decisions, were griping over an out of bounds decision which went against them that ended up leading to a goal which put Ajax 3-0 up. While it was in all likeliness out of bounds, seeing a call finally go against Real Madrid, put a smile on everyone’s face.
Take a bow Ajax, you just pulled off the greatest upset in Champions League history. The rebirth of Ajax Amsterdam led by Edwin Van der Sar is truly more than just a theory now, it is a project in motion.