It is no longer news how Ajax stunned the footballing world after beating current holders, Real Madrid 1-4 at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
What will further astonish you however, is the the stats and facts that came out of the game which is one that will not be forgotten in hurry.
Here are the pick of the statistics from one of the most humiliating nights in Real Madrid’s recent history.
– Real Madrid are the first reigning Champions League winners to fail to qualify for the quarter-final stage since Chelsea in 2012-13 (knocked out in the group stage).
– Real Madrid’s 4-1 defeat to Ajax was their biggest ever margin of defeat a home knockout game in European competition.
– Real Madrid conceded two goals in the first 18 minutes of a Champions League game at the Bernabeu for the first time ever
– Ajax are unbeaten in each of their previous 48 Champions League matches in which they’ve scored the opener (W40 D8).
– Ajax have progressed through a Champions League knockout stage tie for the first time in 22 years – last doing so in the 1996-97 campaign when the Dutch side prevailed against Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals.
– Ajax are just the third away side to score 4+ goals in a Champions League match at the Bernabeu (also, Bayern Munich 4-2 in February 2000 and Schalke 4-3 in March 2015).
– Ajax’s Dusan Tadic has been directly involved in more goals than any other player in the Champions League this season (6 goals, 3 assists).