Ajax produced one of the biggest upsets in Champions League history as they thumped holders Real Madrid 4-1 to secure a scarcely-believable 5-3 aggregate win and a place in the quarterfinal.
Dusan Tadic was outstanding, providing a goal and two assists, as the visitors embarrassed Santiago Solari’s side by overturning a 2-1 first-leg deficit.
Hakim Ziyech and David Neres struck inside the opening 20 minutes, before Tadic fired into the top corner after the restart to leave Real needing to score three times due to away goals.
The holders did reply through Marco Asensio’s low shot, but Lasse Schone’s wonderful free-kick two minutes later sucked the final life out of Real Madrid – who were without Sergio Ramos after the Spaniard decided it was job done after the first leg and collected a booking, and subsequent suspension, on purpose.
In the other match, Tottenham Hotspur beat hosts Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Tuesday thanks to a Harry Kane winner, to stroll into the Champions League quarter-finals for only the second time in their history with a 4-0 aggregate victory.
Kane, who missed the first leg due to injury, fired in the winner shortly after the restart to silence a fiery home crowd and leave Dortmund needing five goals after having lost 3-0 in London last month.
The Germans, who have seen their seven-point lead in the league evaporate in recent weeks and are also out of the German Cup, have never overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit in the competition. Despite a valiant effort in the first half, they were unable to score.
For Tottenham, whose only other quarter-final appearance came in the 2010/11 season, it turned out to be an easier task than expected.