27 Mar From the section Wales Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/47713580 Read more about sharing. Joe Allen says Real Madrid's Champions League exit means Gareth Bale will be fresh for Wales' Euro 2020 qualifiers in June.Bale missed Wales' friendly against Mexico in May 2018 due to his involvement in the Champions League final, in which Real beat Liverpool 3-1.Real were knocked out of this season's competition by Ajax in the last 16."But it's good news for Wales, he's so key to us," Allen said. "We want to keep him wrapped up in cotton wool as much as we possibly can and make sure he is ready to fire in the summer. I'm sure he will be."I think it's important for us that we all go back and do well for our clubs and hopefully take good form into the two important away games in the summer."Wales, who … [Read more...] about Gareth Bale: Real Madrid’s Champions League exit ‘good news’ for Wales
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Real Madrid’s season is collapsing after they were turfed out of the Champions League just days after back-to-back home defeats against arch rivals Barcelona. But how can one of the world's great clubs revive their ailing empire? All is not well at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Tuesday's humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Ajax suggests that their recent abject performances aren't merely 'blips' but perhaps the new norm for a club whose entire identity is formed by their successes on the pitch - and the longer it continues, the more it appears self-inflicted. Of course, any team shorn of Cristiano Ronaldo's 50 goals per season is liable to see a downturn in results. That was to be expected. What wasn't was Madrid's complete failure to replace those goals. So far this season Madrid's attacking line have lagged well behind those of their Spanish rivals Barcelona, as was evident during the sides' two meetings in the space of four days recently. Also on rt.com Inspired Ajax dump … [Read more...] about Ailing empire: What next for Real Madrid after Champions League humiliation?
6 Mar From the section European Football Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/47463849 Read more about sharing. Real Madrid's 1,011-day reign as European champions is over.Two years, nine months and five days since they beat fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final in Milan, they have finally been eliminated from Europe's premier club competition after three title wins in a row.Santiago Solari's side 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 result comes six days after they were eliminated from the Copa del … [Read more...] about Real Madrid: How Champions League holders crashed out against Ajax
Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has wasted no time in rubbing salt into the wound, as he mocked Real Madrid's exit from the Champions League. The former captain of the Catalan club posted on social media after Madrid were knocked out of the competition by Dutch club Ajax. "OMG," Puyol said in his tweet, followed by celebratory and shocked face emoji's. Madrid were favourites to progress after taking a 2-1 lead back to the Bernabeu after the first leg. However Ajax upstaged the Spanish giants, racing into a three goal lead before eventually winning 5-3 on aggregate, much to Puyol's delight. The Spaniard played for Barcelona for his whole career, amassing over 300 appearances for the club. He went onto win six La Liga titles and three Champions League's before retiring in 2014. Madrid had got off to the worst possible start, with Ajax's Hakim Ziyech slotted his side into the lead as early as the seventh minute after good work from Dusan Tadic. The visitors quickly doubled their … [Read more...] about Barcelona legend trolls Real Madrid after Champions League exit
European champions Real Madrid were sent crashing out of the Champions League at the last 16 by a rampant Ajax who scored a thrilling 4-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday (5-3 on aggregate). Raphael Varane hit the bar early on for Real Madrid but Hakim Ziyech sent the visitors ahead after good work from Dusan Tadic. The Serbian playmaker then produced a brilliant assist to tee up David Neres for the second goal, which sent Ajax ahead in the tie. Gareth Bale, on as a substitute, hit the post, before Tadic scored a screamer for Ajax’s third. Marco Asensio pulled one back but Lasse Schone’s sublime free-kick completed an historic triumph for Ajax. Here are 5 talking points... 1. Madrid’s European dominance ends Despite domestic struggles over the past decade - Madrid have won the title just twice in 11 years - they have astonishingly won four of the last five Champions League trophies. Madrid have reached the semi-finals in each of the last eight seasons, … [Read more...] about 5 talking points as Ajax knock Real Madrid out Champions League