Real Madrid: How Champions League holders crashed out against Ajax

Real Madrid’s 1,011-day reign as European champions is over.

Two years, nine months and five days since they beat fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final in Milan, they have finally been eliminated from Europe’s premier club competition after three titles in a row.

Santiago Solari’s team saw their 2-1 first-leg lead overturned in emphatic fashion, as Dutch side Ajax claimed a stunning and deserved 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu.

Despite only being in charge for 113 days, Solari has overseen Real’s two heaviest home Champions League defeats, with this coming after the 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in December.

And Tuesday’s exit comes six days after they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by fierce rivals Barcelona, whom they trail by 12 points in La Liga.

BBC Sport looks at the stats behind Real’s remarkable run and the fallout from Tuesday’s chastening loss.

Read more here.


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